Chael Sonnen has done it again. “The Oregon Gangster” has been verified as the next challenger to Anderson Silva’s belt by Dana White during yesterdays interview on “The Jim Rome Show.”

“It’s the fight everyone wants to see,” said White  on Wednesday’s edition of “The Jim Rome Show.” “People want to see Chael vs. Anderson. Anderson is in this position where he feels this guy is so disrespectful he doesn’t want to give him a shot and everything else, but Anderson will end up fighting Chael Sonnen.”

Sonnen has been the most successful challenger to Anderson Silva’s belt, yet it was tarnished by a failed drug test following the fight which coupled with legal problems in his home state caused Sonnen’s removal from the sport for over a year.  Sonnen did his off-time and returned in top shape defeating top middleweight Brian Stann with ease in   October.

In Sonnen’s year layoff, Silva finished two top contenders in Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami, continuing his lengthy championship reign in the UFC while receiving the unanimous nod as the pound-for-pound best mixed martial artist in the world from top analyst in the sport.

The scheduling of the fight is still in the air due to Silva’s shoulder injury, currently in the healing process. Once Silva returns to training the bout will have a tentative date. We will continue to cover the story as it develops.