Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen for middleweight title in August

UFC President, Dana White has confirmed that UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva will face Chael Sonnen for the UFC middleweight title, warning if “The Spider” ever acts the way he did in Abu Dhabi, he’ll cut him from the promotion.

White announced the fight during an appearance on ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning” stating that the organization is targeting August 7th for the championship bout in Salt Lake City, potentially UFC 117, marking it the UFC’s first-ever trip to Utah.

Appearently the UFC is eyeing EnergySolutions Arena, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz, as a potential host venue for the event. Bill Colbert, Director of the Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission acknowledged he has been in discussion with the UFC.

Speaking via ESPN’s Jim Rome Is Burning, Dana said:

“We’ll find out in his next fight if I got through to him or not. He’s got a real tough fight coming up because his next fight is going to be against Chael Sonnen. And Chael Sonnen is one of these guys who’s not going to lay back, not going to do what these other guys did. When he’s been in this position when these types of fights have happened, he’s been against real good jiu jitsu guys, guys who want to get the fight to the ground. Well, Chael Sonnen is going to want to take this fight to the ground, but he’s going to double-leg him and bring him down.”

“Anderson Silva absolutely demolished Rich Franklin twice, destroyed Dan Henderson, destroyed Nate Marquardt, then moved up to 205 and destroyed the guys he fought there. Then you see fights like this and it’s just unexplainable.”

“Personally I think he was embarrassed by what he did that night. Maybe he had a mental breakdown — I don’t know what happened in the ring. All I can say is I know his next opponent isn’t going to be a guy who’s going to lay back. Chael Sonnen is going to take it to him, and hopefully we never see that again. If we do, I’ll tell you this: If he ever acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him. I don’t care if he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, I don’t care if he is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”

Sonnen has expressed his distaste for Silva and promised to beat him up:

“[Silva] is getting beaten up in 2010 by Chael Sonnen”

“There’s people out there that need (to be) beaten up – he’s one of them. And I have a moral obligation to society to beat him up.”

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