Chael Sonnen was right, he will be Anderson Silva’s next opponent. Well, half right anyways, Sonnen expected to fight someone else while Silva nursed his ribs back to health, but it looks like he’ll get a pass. Dana White appeared on SportsCenter this morning and said he’s going to give the fans what they want to see, an immediate rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. LA Times’ Lance Pugmire is hearing it could take place around New Year’s or on the Super Bowl weekend card depending on how quickly Anderson’s ribs heal.

UFC will stage Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch on New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl card, depending on Silva’s hurt ribs.

Fertitta saying Silva’s ribs bruised not broken, but still may require layoff until early Feb.

Meanwhile, the other middleweight top contender Vitor Belfort will fight in November, preferably at UFC 123. He’s not too crazy about flying to Germany for UFC 122.

“I talked to Lorenzo (Fertitta) this week and will return in November,” Belfort said. “I just asked him to not be (on the November card in Germany). I’m tired of traveling. I would like to return to fighting here in America. According to my conversation with Lorenzo, my opponent will not be Sonnen, but another guy that will be decided soon.”

No word yet who Belfort will face, but Yushin Okami is the obvious choice.

More news items from Dana White via the SportsCenter interview and an interview with 98 Rock Baltimore:

  • Still looking at late Spring/early summer for Shogun Rua vs. Rashad Evans light heavyweight title fight
  • The Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard winner at UFC 118 will likely get the next lightweight title shot
  • Win or lose, Randy Couture will return to light heavyweight following the James Toney fight
  • Tim Sylvia could return to the UFC down the road if he gets a few key wins, his win over Paul Buentello doesn’t count
  • Heath Herring was never the same after Brock Lesnar, probably won’t fight in the UFC again

Audio from Dana White’s 98 Rock Baltimore interview via BE:

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