After Chael Sonnen took to Twitter recently to call out Rashad Evans, and the former champ relayed he was interested in the scrap, the UFC has confirmed the two will fight at UFC 167. As expected the bout will take place at light-heavyweight.
Sonnen (28-13-1) relayed not long ago that he was going to return to 185 pounds, but after bouts with Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort failed to materialize, he issued the challenge to Evans. Of course, “The American Gangsta” got back on the winning track last month at UFC Fight Night 26, by catching “Shogun” Rua with a first round guillotine choke. Prior to the win, Sonnen had been stopped by Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, after scoring wins over Brian Stann and Michael Bisping.
Evans (18-3-1) is also coming off a win after consecutive losses, as the former champ worked his way to a spit decision win over Dan Henderson in June, after losing bouts to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jones. Before those defeats, “Suga” had won four straight fights to lock up a title fight with Jones at UFC 145.
UFC 167 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 16th, and will feature Georges St. Pierre taking on Johny Hendricks in the main event. It will also see Rory MacDonald throw down with Robbie Lawler and Josh Koscheck fight Tyron Woodley. The card, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the UFC, is already looking pretty stacked.
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