Shortly after Chael Sonnen’s win over former two-time world champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 26, the Oregon native was called out by another former world champion, Wanderlei Silva.
In a video released by Silva, the impassioned Brazilian was adamant about giving Sonnen a “beating.” He stated:
Sonnen, I will punch your face in...I will make you swallow your teeth, you loser...I will go in to show Sonnen what happens when someone disrespects our nation...You (Sonnen) will get a beating...I will hurt you. I will break your nose with my knee. From there, you will go straight to the surgeon to fix your nose. I will break your nose in this fight.
However, Silva recently became injured and, according to UFC president Dana White, would not be cleared to fight until early next year. Therefore, on September 4, 2013, Sonnen agreed to fight former 205-pound champion and fellow FOX Sports analyst Rashad Evans at UFC 167. The event will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 16, 2013.
Evans is coming off a significant win over former three-time world champion Dan Henderson. Currently, the New York native is the UFC’s No. 5 light heavyweight contender. A win over Evans would more than likely catapult Sonnen (No. 9) to the top of his division.
Here's a head-to-toe breakdown of the upcoming fight.