January 11, 2012
Sonnen-Silva rematch would be in Brazil
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency
TORONTO - If Chael Sonnen beats Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago Jan. 28, his next fight could be deep in enemy territory.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that if Sonnen earns a rematch with middleweight champion Anderson Silva, the bout will likely take place in Silva’s home country.
“We’ll see what happens,” White said. “We’re talking about doing the big fight — obviously, if Sonnen faces Anderson Silva, that’s going to be a hot ticket. People from all over the world want to see that. That fight, if that fight goes down, it’ll probably happen in Brazil and probably be in a soccer stadium.”
Sonnen has not only been outspoken in calling out Silva, but has also frequently extended his trash talk to the Brazilian people.
“Anderson’s a fraud; he’s a thief and he’s a liar,” Sonnen said prior to their first fight. “This guy’s not from a bowing culture. You bow in Brazil, they’ll hit you over the head and take your wallet out of your pocket.”
UFC TO DEBUT IN SWEDEN
The UFC’s debut in Sweden will see Stockholm native Alexander Gustafsson take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
The two will headline UFC on FUEL TV 2 at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Gustafsson’s hometown April 14. Both fighters are coming off first-round TKO victories last month.
Nogueira utilized a slew of vicious body shots to put away Tito Ortiz at UFC 140 in Toronto Dec. 10. Less than three weeks later, Gustafsson stopped tough veteran Vladimir Matyushenko with strikes at UFC 141 in Las Vegas.
Other bouts booked for UFC on FUEL TV 2: The co-main event will feature a scrap between middleweight strikers Brian Stann and Alessio Sakara. Dennis Siver will get a chance to avenge his unanimous-decision loss to Ross Pearson when he makes his featherweight debut.
Also, submission specialist Paulo Thiago welcomes Afghan welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada to the octagon.
ROCKHOLD ON HOLD
Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold may have recorded his first successful title defence last weekend, but he suffered a broken hand in the process.
The American Kickboxing Academy fighter confirmed the news via his Facebook page.
Fortunately, the injury will not require surgery. Rockhold will simply have to let it heal for about a month before he can return to training.
Rockhold scored an impressive first-round knockout over Keith Jardine at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine Saturday in Las Vegas.
Though most of his wins have come via submission, Rockhold utilized his sharp striking to dismantle Jardine en route to a first-round TKO victory.
After he landed a series of power punches against the fence, referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the slaughter.
Rockhold is currently riding an eight-fight win streak since losing via TKO to Tony Rubalcava in only his second professional fight more than four years ago.
Jardine has now lost six of his last 10 fights, suffering three knockouts during this skid.
JONES KEEPING EYE ON UFC ON FOX 2
Jon (Bones) Jones will be paying special attention to UFC on FOX 2 Jan. 28.
If former training partner-turned-enemy Rashad Evans is able to get past undefeated Phil Davis in the main event, he will be next to challenge the UFC light heavyweight champion. But should Evans fail, MMA legend Dan Henderson will get the title shot.
If Evans pulls off the victory, this would mark the third time the UFC has attempted to book him against Jones. The two were originally set to meet at UFC 133 last August, but a hand injury forced Jones from the card. Ironically, Davis stepped in as a replacement, but had to bow out after hurting his knee.
Evans stayed on to earn a TKO victory over Tito Ortiz.
The two were then expected to meet at UFC 140 in Toronto Dec. 10, but a thumb injury prevented Evans from cashing in his title opportunity. Jones remained on the card, choking out Lyoto Machida in the main event.