Chael Sonnen vs Rashad Evans On for UFC 176

By Kevin Davidson
Chael Sonnen
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Chael Sonnen should now become synonymous as the UFC’s “go-to” man. UFC needs some star power? You’re in luck because Sonnen has been calling out an entire division on the way to calling out an entire country. The rumored fight has finally come to fruition today as Chael Sonnen is set to square off against Rashad Evans at the UFC’s 20th Anniversary show; UFC 167. The most important question of this fight being; what weight class will the fight take place? It was answered today that the fight will be contested at Light-Heavyweight.

Sonnen clearly holds the momentum going into this fight. He is coming off an extremely impressive first-round submission over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Prior to that win, Sonnen lost a championship fight against Jon Jones. Evans is also coming into this fight on the heels of a victory over Dan Henderson. He was able to win the fight by split-decision but a win over Henderson is an incredible win on any fighter’s resume. Prior to that win, Evans lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a fight where Evans looked a bit hesitant the entire time.

This is a huge fight at Light-Heavyweight for both Sonnen and Evans. Let’s say that Evans wins this fight, he is clearly put right back into the title mix and could be two wins away from an actual shot at the title. What happens if Sonnen wins this fight? He gets more power to do whatever he wants. He can call out anyone not named Jon Jones and get that fight which means that there could be even more of a shake-up at Light-Heavyweight.

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