This will be Chael's first fight back in the UFC since battling for the championship more than a year ago against the still reigning champion, Anderson Silva. Sonnen put on an admirable performance against the champ—testing Silva like no other opponent had managed to do and dominating much of the fight.
Ultimately, Silva was able to prove why he is champion, keeping his composure and catching a triangle choke after being dominated for four-and-a-half rounds.
A failed drug test and some legal issues have kept Sonnen out of action for quite some time, and at UFC 136, he'll be hoping to make his triumphant return—while earning another shot at the middleweight belt.
Brian Stann is a former light heavyweight who switched to the middleweight division less than two years ago. So far, the shift in weight classes has proved to be an excellent decision, as Brian has won all three fights at middleweight and has looked excellent doing it.
While Stann has looked great in all his fights since moving to 185 lbs., he has yet to face a truly elite opponent. A victory over Chael would prove to the world that Brian is really ready for a title shot.
Both men want the next middleweight title shot, but only one can have it.
Who's going to win? Let's take a look.