This Friday during a UFC Fight Club Q & A session, the middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen confirmed he will be fighting Anderson Silva for the belt Aug. 7 in Oakland, Calif.
Sonnen even went as far as to offer letting Silva back down from the fight.
“That is true on one condition: if diplomacy fails,” Sonnen said. “I am giving Anderson Silva the fair chance to back out. But as sure as night follows day, if he does not heed my warning, I will declare war, and on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. his 15 minutes of fame will come to an abrupt halt.”
Sonnen (24-10-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) became the number one contender after defeating a very competitive Nate Marquardt. Following the fight, Marquardt was said to be the next challenger for the belt, but was injured and had to be replaced by Maia who fought Silva at UFC 112 recently.
Silva (26-4 MMA, 11-0 UFC) has been running through middleweight top contenders since 2006. Silva was highly criticized for his antics during his last belt defense against Demian Maia. Silva taunted his opponent for five rounds winning a unanimous decision. Many critics believed Silva should have finished the fight but exhausted himself taunting and toying with his opponent.