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Report: Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen Rematch Slated for This Winter

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According to the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire, a middleweight title rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is being penciled in for the UFC’s next New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl weekend card, after Silva recovers from the rib injury that reportedly plagued him before the fight. Unlike other immediate UFC title rematches that have been booked recently — see esp., Machida vs. Rua II, Penn vs. Edgar II — Silva and Sonnen’s first meeting didn’t end in a close/controversial judges’ decision. Instead, Silva sunk a triangle-armbar with less than two minutes remaining in the fifth round, after getting out-wrestled and battered for the previous four frames.

No matter who’s "in line" for the next title shot in the middleweight division, the matchmaking argument would seem to be that Sonnen is still the biggest threat to the Spider, and he deserves another try after coming just short of victory at UFC 117. Can Sonnen learn from his mistakes, or does a healthy Anderson Silva run straight through him? And are you interested in seeing the Silva vs. Sonnen sequel in the first place?

Giving further weight to the Pugmire report is Vitor Belfort‘s recent statement that he won’t be facing Sonnen next. As he told Sherdog“I talked to Lorenzo (Fertitta) this week and will return in November. I just asked him to not be (on the November card in Germany). I’m tired of traveling. I would like to return to fighting here in America. According to my conversation with Lorenzo, my opponent will not be Sonnen, but another guy that will be decided soon.”

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jamesmedley- September 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm
In my experience... Chael must prove he is able to win w/o a choice... he must knock somebody out or publish them... despite the fact that Machida was ruling, UFC did not provide him a title shot until he ended fights w/o decision... for business Silva/Sonnen will sell ...however i think Chael/Belfort ought to be reserved first.. and I would like UFC to pressure him to complete it. Yes he gave Silva a beating... but c'mon, should you pound on someone for 23 minutes, you're both dripping in bloodstream and sweat but, and also the guy getting pounded has got the legs and lung area to triangular you and also twist your arm just like a toy... it states something about the effectiveness of your GnP.
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KarmaAteMyCat- August 25, 2010 at 9:33 am
First off BJ Penn Deserves that rematch more then any of the other fighters who would be given it(Gray Maynard aside) I firmly believe that the one judge giving all five rounds to Frankie is a brainless twitbag. That fight was close as shit on a score card and for you to sit there and say that BJ of all people is undeserving is just proof of several small facts(Aside from you having a small brain)

A) You are a Frankie Edgar Nutt hugger and blinded by some retarded unexplainable shit or you are from his camp and all you have is little Frankie Edgar.

B) You are afraid for Little Frankie Edgar cause we all new that an angry Bj Penn is very Dangerous, you didn't need to watch the fucking UFC 118 Pre show to see that.

C) You really need to reset that R.S.S feed because it's feeding you complete bullshit.

It is fact that Frankie tried getting out of this rematch. He still has a remote amount of fear in him and once you become champion they don't really ask you who you "Want" to fight(Sorry Lil'Frankie). When Penn goes out there and sticks to his game plan instead of fighting someone elses you will be unbelievably surprised( I love rooting for the Little guy, just not this one) Perhaps you and Frankie can play Red rover and ride the fire truck together when you meet at the expo.

Secondly, I would love to see Anderson/Chael 2. That fight is easily in the running for fight of the year. I mean they Gave Frankie an espy for come back of the year! Wheres Andersons? He worked hard on that Triangle after trying it like fifteen times. I mean seriously what the fuck has Vitor done accept cut nasty promos about people he doesn't even really know? and then apologize twenty-four hours later when confronted like a man. It's just Ironic to me that people think these two men May not have earned there rematches. Any of you who don't wanna see the Chael Sonnen vs Anderson Silva 2 is a monkey with a harmonica who belongs on a street corner making cash, not an opinionated member of the potato nation. Here's a couple reasons why you may not wanna see an entertaining fight with a climactic ending.

A) You are a brainless retard with the thought process of an Entertainment Animal and you say things only for shock value.

B) You are a complete Idiot and you left the Voice typer software on(Disabilities are no excuse) Talking to yourself is a sign of mental illness keep in mind.

C) You are a Dumbass..

D) The amount of dick you take daily has contorted the way you process thoughts.

E) You left the keyboard unattended and 831 Son snuck into your house and is using your login name to post bullshit again.(DAMN YOU)
ghostboner- August 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm
Also, much as I want Leben to get a #1 contender shot, I think Vitor should get a less tailor made opponent than Leben. So if Leben wins, title shot for him. If Vitor wins, then he should have to beat Okami for a #1 contender match. It isn't fair, but I don't give a shit, it is what I want to see.

And no I don't think it is "fair" for Chael to get an immediate rematch when he decisively lost, but Dana knows it will sell. See my comment in the article about who Vitor should fight, or FBF's comment above.
ghostboner- August 24, 2010 at 11:03 pm
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Also, I vote for Leben vs Vitor. If Leben will take it. The dude earned it in my eyes, not due to quality of opponents, but because he ain't no bitch. That's for real, playa.
cloiselle- August 24, 2010 at 10:43 pm
Bring on viiiiiitorrrrrrrr.
Karma Elite- August 24, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Since Sonnen gets a rematch, I'm betting that we'll be treated to Belfort vs. Okami. And don't forget about Leben lurking in the background. I would guess that he would be next in line for a title shot if he gets one more win over a credible opponent. Perhaps Leben vs. the winner of Marquardt/Palhares perhaps?
mt59801- August 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm

The gods of MMA have smiled upon the potato nation on this glorious tuesday.

Vitor should get the winner, but he'll probably get a tune up instead......paging mr bitchping , mr michael bitchping
fatbellyfrank- August 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm
DaltonSwayze Says:
Wed, 08/25/2010 - 01:22
I always root for American wrestlers, unlike everyone on the Internet
Keep in mind CP is an international community, theres a few of us who post from Aussie, Ytrebil, Manutdfan and plenty of others are UK based, just thought I'd mention it mate
fatbellyfrank- August 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm
I'd suggest UFC had a look at buy rates for Silva v Sonnen( anyone got figures?) and said fuck yeah, lets roll this one out one more time, and if were all really honest, no matter what we're sayin here, we'll be glued to the PPV when it happens. The polarisation of opinions on this site alone after the first fight suggest this match up has huge interest for the fans and UFC aren't gonna turn their back on a guaranteed earn like this.
dude- August 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Obviously, Sonnen is getting another shot 'cause his mouth can sell tickets and because of what he did in the cage with Silva. Who's been able to do that to The Spider ever? Plus, it was nice seeing someone actually punch Silva. DO IT!
k-onda- August 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm
I can see the business sense, and with the injury, this seems to be falling in line. And it's not like another go wouldn't be awesome. I still would like to see some other things, though:
Sonnen v. Belfort
Belfort V. Silva
Marquart v. any of the above
And, imo, a healthy/motivated Silva finishes Sonnen faster. Remember, Silva can finish a fight anywhere, Sonnen won't pick that ability up ever, much less in the next few months. Also, now Silva now knows what to expect. Sonnen can't do better than what he did the first time around.
But still, the hype in the lead up will more than make up for whatever happens in the octagon - from the business perspective.
nesbitt- August 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm
He tapped and gave it up, no way does he deserve an immediate rematch. i call bullshit, if this fight gets booked.

Fried Taco- August 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm
I hope he does a better job of laying on him this time.
DazedNConfused- August 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm
I can't believe some people are actually saying Sonnen deserves a rematch more than Penn?

The Edgar-Penn fight was so close, I thought Penn did enough to keep the belt honestly. I may of been a little drunk but hey.

Sonnen verbally gave up, as in the fight didn't go to decision, there was no guessing when the ref was ready to raise a hand, it was simply done.

I would've rather a Vitor fight, or someone in the 205 division. Sonnen's best performance just happened one month ago, he isn't going to be able to beat Silva. Maybe a round or two, but he will again be beaten and submitted. That's how far Chael will go. If I was him I'd be hoping Vitor fought Silva and knocked him out. Because I know Sonnen would fuck Vitor up.
Jaye Priest- August 24, 2010 at 11:29 am
WOW.........Usually people get rematches right away for Doctor stoppages, Bad judging, Or Ref's making bad calls.....But Chael get's one after he gave up (tapped out).........weird.
RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 11:12 am
That's actually good news, steampunk. I've always liked Cote, for some reason. Maybe because my first exposure to him was when he stepped up a weight class to challenge for Tito Ortiz's belt on like a day's notice in his UFC debut. That was back when Tito was feared, and Tito dwarfed Cote. But they needed someone and the dude just stepped up without hesitation. That's pretty cool. And he dropped Tito's ass, which was great. I hope they give Cote some time to get some wins under his belt. He'll never be champ, but he has a good attitude for a fighter.

I'm still at a loss as to who Vitor should fight, though.
locoplata00- August 24, 2010 at 11:02 am
Yeah sonnen lost by *submission but he's the only one who's EVER beat silva up like that consistently for 4.5 rounds, and more importantly he's the only one I've ever seen tag silva while standing.

vitor hasn't fought in a year, and his title shot was bullshit to begin with anyways. you shouldn't get to fight for the title after your most recent win in the organization was in a weight class that only exists for special occasions. sonnen vs. silva is the fight that makes the most sense right now. people finally saw weaknesses in silva's game and they wanna see if it was a fluke or if his wrestling's improved at all.

hopefully sonnen moves to tenth planet or gracie barra and learns some goddamn sub-d.
The Lizardking05- August 24, 2010 at 11:01 am
so if this does happen and sonnen beats silva..... will there be a rubber match?... would only seem 'fair' in this ass backwards logic they got going on here
steampunk22- August 24, 2010 at 10:57 am

After dropping the fight to Belcher I think the UFC is looking to bring Cote back up a little slower. He's on the table to fight Lawlor I think, sometime in the next couple months.
RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 10:42 am
Hmmm... Patrick Cote. That could be a potential opponent for Belfort.
RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 10:37 am
Also, the problem with #1 contenders matches for divisions where the champions have largely cleaned out their divisions means that the UFC risks reducing two legit challengers to a single one. It sucks, because Belfort vs. Sonnen makes sense. But if they fight, then the only fight really left for Anderson is the winner of that fight, instead of him defending against both of them.

That kind of sucks, but Anderson Silva and GSP are running out of challengers. Guys like Dan Hardy and Patrick Cote should never have even been considered.
steampunk22- August 24, 2010 at 10:35 am
I think that even though this immediate rematch is somewhat contestable, we all should have seen it coming based on the recent matchmaking of the UFC. It was all but guaranteed.

Rematches of title-fights are the name of the game right now. Big numbers came out of GSP/Penn 2, Lesnar/Mir 2, Machida/Shogun 2, and big numbers will come out of Edgar/Penn 2 as well.

You kind of can't fault a promoter for wanting to take on rematches, espeically is there is even moderate interest. They've got built-in hype, a ton of promo footage/soundbytes pre-cut, practically guaranteed bigger buys than the initial event, and for legitimate matchmaking it actually makes sense (atleast usually).

Before the Silva/Sonnen fight, Vitor was pretty much guaranteed to be the next opponent even if there was a little questioning of Joe Silva for giving a guy a title shot in a weightclass he's never fought at in the UFC. Sonnen changed the lay of the land in the middleweight division pretty dramatically and there's no way the UFC could've looked at Sonnen/Silva 2 and Sonnen/Belfort and decided that the latter was better business and made more sense within the division. Who could've seen that coming?

I think that given the recent developments within the middleweight division, the UFC is not worried about "risking" Belfort with a tuneup fight whereas they previously may have been. The division all of a sudden seems a lot deeper in recent months with strong performances by Leben, Akiyama, and Okami. And considering that Marquardt, Shields, Maia, and now Belfort all have fights coming up in short order, it could get real crowded at the top. I think the plan here from Dana and Joe Silva is to bank large on the Sonnen/Silva rematch and by the time that fight actually rolls around, it will be a little more clear who should get the next shot or atleast compete for the number one contender spot.

Makes sense to me. And thats why I like this rematch.

RwilsonR- August 24, 2010 at 10:32 am
I don't think Sonnen deserves an immediate rematch, but he is no less deserving of the title shot than Belfort. To my knowledge, Vitor Belfort hasn't won a single match in the UFC Middleweight division... ever! I'm not saying I dont want to see Belfort vs. Silva. But the justification for either fight is based more on what the UFC wants, or feels the fans want to see, than it is on a clear deserving challenger.

I think the UFC wants to capture some of the leftover hype from the first Silva vs. Sonnen match while it still exists. Also, if Silva beats Belfort, and Sonnen is forced to face challengers, I think the UFC recognizes a very real possibility that someone like Maia or Palhares will triangle Sonnen in the meantime. But nobody wants to see Maia vs. Silva again if he beats Sonnen a second time, since Maia didn't threaten Silva like Sonnen did. So they want to see if lightning can strike twice for Sonnen while he can still semi-legitimately challenge for the title, and if he loses badly this time to a healthy Anderson, then that only rebuilds Anderson's rep. They will probably give Vitor someone that he can beat pretty soundly in the meantime. So it makes sense why they would do this.

And I actually agree with DaltonSwayze. Penn is the king of undeserved title shots.
Get Off Me- August 24, 2010 at 10:26 am
Supposedly this rematch comes on the heels of popular demand from fans.
Careful what you wish for as I can see many comments now coming in clearly not looking forward to this fight.
Sonnen had a great opportunity, he fought an injured(yes they all fight injured, but when was the last time you saw silva fight like he did against Sonnen) champion and despite his best efforts, came up short and almost unconcious at the end.
If you think this rematch will be close, I would like to hear why?
I doubt this fight will go five rounds, it may only go one or two max in my opinion.
Belfort gets next hopefully, Silva v. Sonnen 2 will be the most meaningless rematch since Ortiz v. Liddell 2. Like CP has said before pertaining to Sonnen, what happens when he loses? Okami? Leben(oh please no)? I bet it's Okami for Sonnen's next fight coming off of back to back losses to the Spider.
kmax1940- August 24, 2010 at 10:21 am
Yes! I am glad he got the rematch!

Sonnen is NOT boring... he does not lay and pray..
He works... and fights... the whole time.

Of course he knows how to defend the triangle...
Its one thing to know it... and another thing to do it when you have been working your butt off for 5 rounds.

I just wish he would have been a bit smarter... and coasted through the last few minutes...