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Sonnen vs. Munoz Confirmed for ‘UFC on FOX 2′ Co-Headliner; Winner to Receive Title Shot


(“For my next trick, I’m going to saw these women in half, then bury them in my backyard and steal their disability checks.” / Photo via Zimbio)

While Michael Bisping’s dominant win over Jason Miller this weekend put the Count even deeper “in the mix” at middleweight, he still won’t be next in line for a title shot. The UFC confirmed yesterday afternoon that despite conflicting reports, Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz will indeed be facing off at UFC on FOX 2 (January 28th, Chicago), with the winner earning a shot at Anderson Silva‘s coveted 185-pound belt.

Sonnen won his first post-suspension fight at UFC 136 in October, choking out Brian Stann in the second round. Last week he hosted the World MMA Awards, and successfully charmed Ronda Rousey into giddiness on the red carpet. Munoz has won four straight fights in the Octagon, most recently scoring a corner stoppage TKO over Chris Leben at UFC 138.

Sonnen and Munoz will join UFC on FOX 2 headliners Rashad Evans and Phil Davis in a press conference this Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago to discuss the event. We’ll see if Munoz brings up the fact that Sonnen wrestled him dirty back in college.

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HandsofGold- December 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm
Stann admitted that nobody wanted to take a fight with Sonnen. He was the only one. I believe Bisping had the chance to fight Sonnen and backed out. IMO
XENOPHON- December 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm
@shogunfootstomp
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Yes, all the fights in the UK have sucked.
Guessing all the fights in Japan will too.
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That's a truism you point out...when are fighters going to start saying that their upcoming fight is going to be a piece of cake.
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Matter of fact you summed it up well. Over-blown, over-hyped, over-priced - bullshit. Next time you fork over the $50 bones, remember a small portion of that goes to the retainer the Zuffa straw company has with Cage Potato
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You know I started recording the Shark Fights, Bellator, and the new Bas Rutten program....
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When stacked against the UFC, FOX, or Zuffa's TUF - there is no difference in the action and quality of the fights. Actually its more action, less talk.
XENOPHON- December 5, 2011 at 11:52 am
@RwilsonR
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Yes, Bisping Sonnen sounds much better.
XENOPHON- December 5, 2011 at 11:50 am
@Mofo Says - Some Funny Shit!
IronClad- December 5, 2011 at 11:13 am
Who is really a Munoz fan? Seriously, no disrespect to any fighter out there but name a Munoz fight that got your attention? Hes sooooo sluggish and fat. It will be an annihilation, domination, anal laceration victory for Chael.
shogunfootstomp- December 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm
glad to see this fight on fox for free, where it belongs. otherwise we'd be paying 50 bucks for an ok card, not like theres a championship card on there. worst cards--- anything in england!! cant wait for the ufc to expand to japan, more useless 50 dollar cards. ufc is the new wrestling-- aka every fight is the champs hardest fight ever. just to see him own the guy, 99 percent of the time. its sad to see a sport owned by 1 company, thus crappy fights, alot of hype, that never plays out. exception-- maynard vs. edgar.-- typical fights... crocop vs. anybody, nogs vs. anybody, tito vs. anybody. you know dana shit bricks when tito ko'd one of his hyped nobodys. i luv mma, but these cards are getting bad..... quit buying them. and maybe we'll start getting our moneys worth... forrest, bonner,,,fun to watch but not ppv. and they wonder why the ppv revenue is down??? really??? if i put on a boxing card of ranked 6- 20s for 50$ how many would i sell? thats espn fight night shit, at best!!!
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Casa de los pantelones- December 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Sonnen would ass rape bisping while eating Mrs. Silvas medium rare steak.

If Sonnen Can't get Munoz down, he may have a problem...same as he said against Silva. If I can't get him down, I get my ass kicked. Munoz has the punching power advantage, but chael has a head full of rocks. I think the munoz fight makes sense, even if only a little. Sonnen rolled through Stann like it was his jay oh bee. He needs another fight that will test his wrestling before he faces silva again.
RwilsonR- December 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm
What a waste of Sonnen's talents.
Sonnen vs Silva - yes
Sonnen vs Bisping - maybe
Sonnen vs Munoz - why?
Punchthedonky- December 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Rhonda is absolutely beautiful!!! Holy crap!
Get Off Me- December 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Sonnen will win this fight and will only test positive if there is a test administered by the Chicago athletic comission(not UFC). Silva will humiliate Sonnen in their rematch reagardless.
Sonnen could not get out of Silva's guard in their first fight, and took more damage in Silva's guard than he delivered. If you had not seen the fight and tuned in when the decision was announced, you would have thought Chael got beat up before being submitted by the champ. Silva looked untouched and Chael was busted up, but it's amazing how people give Chael all the credit for staying inside his BJJ black belt opponents guard(300 punches landed...lol) ultimately losing from that position after not being able to advance with his wrestling skills.
HandsofGold- December 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm
@skeletor

Agreed man. Well put
kaufee- December 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Sonnen has better MMA wrestling, Munoz's wrestling is still largely collegiate folkstyle. Then again, Munoz has better sub defense and GnP. I think this could go either way.
Mofo- December 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Wow he was all over Rhonda.
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3 hours later, in the hotel room, he double legged her, got full mount, and she reversed into an arm bar on his hog.
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Then he tapped and claimed he hadn't.
skeletor- December 4, 2011 at 11:20 am
Munoz wrestling pedigree is good but his MMA wrestling is Shit compared to what his abilities are. Sonnen should win this fight even though he shouldn't have to prove his rightful spot as number one contender.
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Beating a drugged up Leben does does not impress me much. Even if Munoz does get passed Sonnen by some lucky set of circumstances what makes anyone want to see him fight Silva? The man couldn't see a Matt Hamil head kick coming at him for christs sake and he hasn't displayed good enough wrestling to convince me he could pull a Sonnen on Silvia.
CarlosConduit- December 4, 2011 at 10:59 am
Ahhhhhhhhhahahahahahaha! I love when Anderson gets his way. Fuck Chael. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching him fight, and I am entertained by his insanity (which most seem to mistake for “trash talking genius”), but after all he’s done (cheating, stealing, etc.), it’s right that he has to really prove he deserves another shot. I’d love to see Munoz win, but I think Chael takes this, then pops for something illegal, then eventually gets abused by Silva, this time tapping to strikes.
HandsofGold- December 4, 2011 at 10:44 am
@JRoLLa

Time to see if Chael really does deserve another shot? Come on man name anyone else in that division other than chael that would give Silva a good fight? Don't say Bisping because he would get smashed. Chael has the best shot.

Munoz had a hard time with Aaron Simpson so i dont see him being able to top Chael who would crush Simpson. But we will see. Either way i think Bisping should have to fight Vitor before SIlva
RearNakedSpoon- December 4, 2011 at 10:04 am
FOR FUCK SAKE DANA!!!
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Right, Bisping vs Silva and then Silva should go on a can free diet Okay?
JRoLLa- December 4, 2011 at 9:55 am
I'm happy to see this fight take place before Anderson. Time to see if Chael really does deserve another title shot once you put him up against a fighter with a wrestling pedigree on par with his.
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