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Monday, Sep 02, 2013

Opinion: Bring On Chael Sonnen vs. Rashad Evans

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By Michael Hatamoto

A potential fight matchup between former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and perennial contender Chael Sonnen is expected for some time later this year.

I don’t care if this fight takes place at middleweight, ‘Franklin weight,’ or light heavyweight – though feel the 195-lb. range could be a fair weight for both fighters. Then again, Evans has never dropped below light heavyweight, and Sonnen is comfortable making that weight, so don’t be surprised if it’s a light heavyweight fight.

Here is what Sonnen had to say regarding the potential matchup:

“I think the Rashad fight was likely going to happen and Dana White was quite candid with you. He spoke to us both in Indianapolis a couple of days ago, we agreed to the match, but perhaps it was just a bit of dialogue and wasn’t officially offered.”

Both Sonnen and Evans are top-level fighters, but neither is close to earning a UFC light heavyweight title shot in the near future. Evans lost two of his last three, winning a split decision against Dan Henderson, losing a decision to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and lasting 25-minutes to drop a decision to champion Jon Jones.

Meanwhile, Sonnen is 0-3 in UFC championship fights, but is able to seemingly beat anyone who isn’t a champion – most recently submitting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen last month.

This type of fight makes a lot of sense, because both fighters are still very capable of putting on a good show – and with both Evans and Sonnen onboard, there is a major potential appeal to MMA fans. If Sonnen vs. Evans isn’t possible, MMA fans still would like to see Sonnen fight either Vitor Belfort or Wanderlei Silva.

posted by FCF Staff @ 6:06 pm
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