Meltzer: Sonnen vs. Silva targeted for UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On Tuesday night’s episode of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV, Chael Sonnen called for a bout with Wanderlei Silva as his next bout. Silva was quick to reply and accept his challenge on Twitter and it’s likely the promotion wasted no time in putting together a fight that will likely draw well on it’s debut on FOX Sports 1 in August. Dave Meltzer reported on his radio show that bout was very likely:

[Re: Chael on UFC Tonight]…The Wanderlei Silva thing was something he was told to do because they are looking at- I know that the idea is Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen as one of the top matches on the August 17 show in Boston. That’s what they are looking for.

…As far as a TV main event…Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann is to me, is like the greatest TV main event in UFC. It drew phenomenal ratings for Fuel…it was almost double the highest rated show in the history of the channel. And what a match. That probably was UFC’s best match of this year. 

…Wanderlei has got a certain charm and is very over and Chael is a personality

…If you are thinking of a good TV main event, that’s it. Thats a good one to have. And again, Chael will cut the promos to build it up and it will be very good. I don’t know if the match will be great but its definitely the right mix to build a television main event.