Rematch or Belfort next for Sonnen?

by Dave Meltzer | source: sports.yahoo.com
 

Going into Saturday night’s UFC 117 at Oracle Arena, the one thing that was clear was that Chael Sonnen talked the talk. A lot of people were skeptical he could walk the walk, but Sonnen came closer to winning a championship without quite doing so than perhaps any fighter in UFC history.

When the fight was first announced, nobody in the company expected big business. But UFC president Dana White was singing a different tune afterward. “It’s definitely a rematch people want to see. We can definitely do a rematch. It was awesome. I loved that Chael talked the smack he did and then went out and backed it up.”

But White was noncommittal on the idea of going to Silva-Sonnen II as soon as possible. He had previously indicated Vitor Belfort would get the next title shot, perhaps as soon as November.

Silva vs. Belfort is an interesting fight on paper. Belfort, stylistically, looks to be at least competitive with Silva, both standing and on the ground. But his title shot is based more on reputation from more than a decade ago, when he was a teenage phenom in the early days of the UFC, coupled with wins in other organizations.

Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, has actually never even won a middleweight fight in his UFC career. He’s had one win since being picked up after last year’s demise of the Affliction promotion, a first-round knockout win over Rich Franklin last year at a catch weight of 195 pounds.

But sticking with Belfort as Silva’s next opponent would put a match fans are dying to see on hold.

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RJJHluvsSwock site profile image  

8/9/10 2:51 PM by RJJHluvsSwock

any of these 3 I would be happy with

sparkuri site profile image  

8/9/10 2:44 PM by sparkuri

LOL !!   ok Anyway...I wanna see Vitor vs. Anderson.  

chaplinshouse site profile image  

8/9/10 2:40 PM by chaplinshouse

anderson vs chael in TUF would be genius if it weren't for Anderson's "me no speaky engrish" bullshit

timkd site profile image  

8/8/10 5:28 PM by timkd

Seriously! He is totally undeserving, in my opinion. He is as untested as Fedor and we saw how that turned out recently.

bamx2 site profile image  

8/8/10 5:21 PM by bamx2

This is Sonnen's post fight interview after he fought Nate. At around 2:28 he talks about how he rather fights Anderson, and how Vitor will be a much harder fight for him.  And he talks about his plan to beat Anderson, which he did during this fight. I'm a Silva Fan, but damn -  lets be real here - he did called it exactly how it happened.

frontrowbrian site profile image  

8/8/10 4:50 PM by frontrowbrian

of all people why would Belfort deserve a title shot? His last MW win happened in January 2009. He beat Rich Franklin at a 195 catch weight bout that he didn't even make weight for. UFC needs to cash in and do Sonnen/Silva II. When Chael came back to the hotel, he was greeted by about 30-40 people. Mostly friends of his. He said "We were going to have to do it twice anyway. Maybe three times." He was in great spirits considering the circumstances and thanked each person for coming to show support for him. He's a class act Based on what I have heard, the immediate rematch is actually favored by Anderson's management team. They have concerns over Belfort being able to stay healthy and they view him as a non draw on PPV while Sonnen is an MMA superstar that can make Anderson much more money

mgldrd site profile image  

8/8/10 4:25 PM by mgldrd

Let's see Silva/Belfort next. Sonnen dominated the first 4, but he tapped, let's keep it moving. Awesome fights last night.

gward armbar site profile image  

8/8/10 4:01 PM by gward armbar

FUCK A REMATCH!!!OKAMI!!BELFORT!!Sonnen is too mentally weak, he gave up his chance to be champion, let him fade in to obscurity.

HOWtasteMYbigPP site profile image  

8/8/10 3:57 PM by HOWtasteMYbigPP

Have Sonnen fight Leben and Vitor fight Silva for the title on the same card then you can have timing be right for a rematch and possibly TUF.

Kreepy site profile image  

8/8/10 3:33 PM by Kreepy

Re-Match