If Chael Sonnen gets his wish to rematch middleweight champion Anderson Silva at the UFC’s traditional Super Bowl weekend event, UFC President Dana White doesn’t expect issues between Sonnen and the Nevada State Athletic Commission to prevent the bout from taking place in Las Vegas.
“There’s no reason why they shouldn’t license Chael,” White said after Saturday’s UFC 136 event. “It shouldn’t even cross my mind whether Chael could get licensed in Nevada or California or anywhere else. It should be the least of my worries. The guy did everything that he was told to do. When guys like Floyd are getting licensed in Nevada, why should I have to worry about Chael?”
Sonnen (26-11-1) dominated fellow middleweight Brian Stann before submitting him in the second round in his first fight in 14 months after testing positive for elevated testosterone following his near-upset of Silva last August.
Silva (31-4) is recovering from a shoulder injury that didn’t stop him from knocking out Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in August for his ninth title defense and 14th-straight UFC win.
The UFC has not yet made the matchup official, but with pay-per-view buys dipping in 2011, the UFC is expected to book the rematch to get their 2012 scheduled, which is expected to include 34 events compared to 2011’s 27, off to a strong start.
Pictured: Chael Sonnen