A reported light heavyweight match-up between former champ Lyoto Machida and self-proclaimed middleweight champ Chael Sonnen is not happening this fall, according to MMA Junkie.
ESPN and Fighters Only Magazine both reported yesterday that the unlikely pair were in talks to fight at UFC 136 in Houston, however today’s report claims that the fight was only “briefly entertained” by the UFC before they decided to go in a different direction.
Sources close to the promotion today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fight was briefly entertained but did not become a reality after being heavily rumored for the fall, possibly at UFC 136.
Both fighters currently are awaiting their next bookings, the sources said.
Personally, I never really saw a point to the fight. It was definitely an intriguing match-up stylistically, but it didn’t really make much sense given that Sonnen is a middleweight. I mean he has his imaginary middleweight title to defend after all. From Five Knuckles via MMA Fight Corner:
“I should be the reigning champion. I punch a guy 300 times, he punches me a couple and they call him the champion? In what parallel universe does that make you the winner? I am the champion. I’ve been the champion.”
Plus, he wants another easy fight with the real middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
“I would ask for an easy fight. Or I’d ask for somebody that’s just not very good. I always hear these guys saying that they want the hardest fights possible. Well I don’t. I’m a fan of easy fights. That’s why I called Anderson (Silva) out. Because he sucks.”
Sonnen won’t get Silva next, but he has to fight somebody. Who should it be?
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Update: It looks like those of you who guess Brian Stann were right. Heavy.com is reporting that Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann have agreed to meet in the co-main event at UFC 136.
A middleweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann has been agreed to for UFC 136 in October.
HeavyMMA confirmed the news with sources close to the bout on Wednesday afternoon.
The bout is slated to be the co-main event of the pay per view in Houston. The event will take place at the Toyota Center.
It’s not official, but MMA Junkie is hearing the same thing, so it looks like this one is going to stick.
Update: Sonnen vs. Stann is definitely happening. The UFC announced the match-up earlier this evening.