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Sonnen Confirms Rematch With Silva is Tentatively set for New Year’s Day UFC 125 Card

(Video courtesy MMALive)

Chael Sonnen replaced Franklin McNeil as John Anik’s other wingman alongside Kenny Florian on the latest episode of MMA Live and the trio proved itself a major improvement over the traditional line-up. Not only did he come off as a seasoned vet on camera, Chael also added to his vast depth of knowledge with a plethora of Sonnenisms like the one he used when describing the pending  match-up between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

"Well, listen, the fight has to happen. It’s already happened once and Maynard got the edge on him. I think Frankie’s better now. I like it from a competitive standpoint. It needs to take place," Sonnen said. "It’s the right fight. From a business standpoint, acting as though Maynard versus Edgar is going to sell out an arena is about as optimistic as holding onto Jim Morrison’s mail."

During the segment, which originally aired on Thursday, the durable UFC middleweight confirmed that if Anderson Silva‘s injured ribs heal in time, they will square off at UFC 125 which is being planned for Saturday, January 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Alternatively, he said the rematch of their UFC 117 barnburner could headline an event the night before the Superbowl on February 5.

 “There’s absolutely going to be a sequel. Part two is tentatively scheduled for New Year’s weekend," Sonnen revealed. "It may take place Super Bowl weekend. Either way it’ll be in Vegas. It’s gonna be a big deal.”

Sonnen assured Anik that he isn’t going to waste the second opportunity against "The Spider" and said he plans on starting out 2011 wearing UFC gold.

“Last time I defeated the myth, this time I’m gonna defeat the man. The only thing different is I’m leaving there with the belt. That’s it. We were one minute away from pulling it off," Sonnen pointed out. "If I [had] beat him I’d have to come back and beat him again anyways. Nothing in my career has changed. I was the best fighter before that fight and I’m the best fighter after it.”

The Edgar-Maynard rematch has reportedly been penciled in as the co-main event of the New Year’s day event, but it is likely that the UFC will bring in a handful of supporting marquee match-ups to ensure that the card sells if the Sonnen-Silva bout doesn’t make it on the card, considering fan and even a large amount of media consensus has pointed to the fact that the lightweight title fight is a tough one to market.

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RwilsonR- September 7, 2010 at 9:39 am
Chael Sonnen's really grown on me, and I think he has been fantastic for the MW division. The only downside to his trash-talking this time around is that even if it is the same, it won't seem so over-the-top this time since he actually did most of what he said the first time around. I think one of the best things about Sonnen's hype was Anderson's mystique, and how Sonnen had no respect for it, but we all still did and thought Sonnen had a screw loose.

Sonnen said he wasn't afraid of Anderson's stand-up and that he wouldn't be outstruck on the feet on his way to the takedowns. He said he would put Anderson on his prissy ass and pound on him for 25 minutes. We all laughed and asked what this guy was smoking, and thought it was hilarious that he would say those things. Now that he did those, and pounded on Anderson for 23 minutes, it won't seem as much like hyperbole this time around when he says the same things.

Although he still says a lot of shit that is just outright wrong or selectively revisionist of the past, so maybe he will still have some crazy shit to say to sell the second fight.
knucklesamitch- September 7, 2010 at 7:35 am
Sonnen never referenced Morrison, and to set the record straight, he's also never been a guest host on MMA Live...So there.
Danky4twanky- September 7, 2010 at 2:59 am
He really didn't mention Morrison. It was incorrectly translated
maclaren- September 7, 2010 at 2:39 am
that wasn't him talking about Jim Morrison. The dude talking about Morrison sounded hispanic
jimbonics- September 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm
brought the Lizardking out of the closet! Snap.
Charming Charlie- September 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm
That Jim Morrison reference was not that funny or creative. But coming from Chael I lolled and lolled all the way home.
The Lizardking05- September 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm
he needs to watch his mouth talking about jim morrison like that
Danky4twanky- September 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm
I'm not a fan of sonnen, but I can't wait to hear the bullshit he is gonna spew this time. He went all out with the trash talk last time. I hope he didn't blow his wad. Gonna be interesting to see what he uses for his " sonnenisms" for the rematch. Silva 2nd round by another triangle. I'm guessing since he didn't look like he knew what a triangle (or any other submission defense is) that he still hasn't learned. I'll give him more credit when he doesn't lose by submission.
SgT.SauceD- September 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Loretta I think you and I were watching a different fight. It was Chael, not Anderson, who came out straight forward right off the bat. And he did that for a reason. Anderson Silva NEEDS that first 2 minutes or so of no action. He uses that time to gauge his opponent's timing, reach, and distance. Fighters who have not afforded him that luxury (Henderson, Sonnen) Usually have a much better start than Anderson does. Sonnen understood that and used it to his advantage. I will guarantee that is exactly how he comes out in the rematch too.
jimbonics- September 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm
How bad do you have to suck at commentating to get replaced by Chael Sonnen? Oh well, one episode without Franklin is one episode without Franklin.
Get Off Me- September 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Chael Sonnen is a seasoned vet on camera....remember Fight Sport with him and Matt Linland...Sonnen had to carry Lindland through those low production studio shots of the two of them setting up fights for the viewers.

Just a thought for Maynard v. Edgar, maybe they could have Sonnen do the translations for both guys, kinda like Soares does for the Brazilian fighters. Sonnen will be translating unispired hype talk into something more inspiring, not much can be done about the fight though, but were talking about selling the fight now.
Uronurback- September 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm
I heard Edgar Maynard 2 was 126 headliner in Pittsburgh. Perfect City for this fight as it sits between both fighters home states of NJ (frankie) and OH (gray). Not to mention PA itself especial Southwestern PA is a hotbed for wrestling. So if anyone is going to apprieciate this fight it will be Pittsburgh!
Loretta Cunt- September 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm
if anderson can just keep earplugs in till new years, he will dominate chael. letting the smack talk and dana and the fans get to him made anderson reckless. chael has a great chance but a composed focused anderson who actually takes the time to gauge his opponent's timing, reach, and distance instead of going straight forward asking for a takedown has a much better chance of winning
jgrant- September 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Only way to market a fight successfully with Edgar or Maynard is to have them fight Sonnen. Look what he did for Anderson.