Chael Sonnen says his upcoming title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117 is a done deal, at least on his end. He’s not so sure about Silva.
“I signed my contract and sent it in six minutes after it hit my fax machine. He’s been hanging on to (his contract) for 10 days and hasn’t signed it yet,” said Sonnen. “I’ll be fighting August 7 against somebody. I’m presuming it’s him, but again, he’s had it for 10 days. I don’t know if fax machines aren’t working in Brazil or what the holdup is.”
Apparently, the holdup is Silva’s vacation. He plans to sign it when he returns from his trip. No need to worry, Chael. Ed Soares says, “It’s on. There’s no doubt about that.”
While Silva-Sonnen is a match-up we all saw coming, this one’s a bit unexpected. If you were hoping to see Jon Jones take a step up in competition after his destruction of Brandon Vera, you’re probably going to be disappointed if this report from The Garv is accurate.
In another exclusive scoop, we are breaking the news that Jon “Bones” Jones, the rising UFC phenom, will be fighting Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko on the UFC on Versus 2 card slated for August 1st in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sources close to Team Bombsquad have confirmed that the bout is verbally agreed to by both camps and all that’s left is for the contracts to be signed.
That’s sort of a bummer. No offense to Matyushenko — he is an impressive 11-1 (2-0 UFC) in the past five years after all — but he’s not exactly who I had in mind when I envisioned who could test Jon Jones. To be fair though, there really aren’t any top ranked light heavyweights looking for fights at the moment. Maybe the UFC is just trying to keep Jones busy while the title picture sorts itself out over the next couple months. Something like Jones (assuming he beats Matyushenko) vs. the Nogueira/Griffin winner would be mighty nice sometime in the fall.
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