Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva Fight “Not Done Yet”

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It had been long assumed that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva would square off at a UFC Fight Night event on May 31 in Brazil. Sonnen has been stating that the fight hasn’t been signed and the confirmation of that fact came today.

During a media scrum today to promote Saturday’s UFC 171, Dana White told the media that the fight isn’t official.

“No, it’s not done yet. I gotta get that done this week too,” White stated. The UFC President feels though that everything will get worked out and the fight will happen.

“We’ll get it done,” White said.

People have speculated that the reason why the fight hasn’t been signed is due to the TRT ban, which Sonnen has been receiving an exemption for the last couple years. White though doesn’t feel the recent ban will be an issue in regards to Sonnen.

“One of the things about Chael Sonnen, he’s a very good communicator. So if Chael thought something was in jeopardy or something wasn’t gonna happen, he would let us know.”

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Chael Sonnen Posts The Cell Phone Number of Stephanie McMahon In Interview

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Chael Sonnen is scheduled to face Wanderlei Silva on May 31 at a UFC Fight Night event in Brazil. Sonnen was on TSN’s “Off The Record” in Canada that aired today to promote “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″, coaching opposite Silva.

Near the end of the interview, host Michael Landsberg asked Sonnen if he thought that CM Punk, who is a good friend of Sonnen’s would wrestle at WrestleMania 30. Sonnen said he didn’t know, but said he knows someone who does and that’s WWE executive Stephanie McMahon. Sonnen had McMahon’s “personal and private cell phone number” on a card and flashed it in front of the camera. The number ended up being blurred out and not shown due to the interview being taped yesterday.

After the interview, Landsberg said that his crew had called the number and it was actually McMahon’s number.

You can watch the interview here.

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“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″ Video Preview Featuring Chael Sonnen And Wanderlei Silva Scuffle

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″ premieres this Sunday on UFC Fight Pass. The coaches on the show are longtime rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva.

The UFC has released a video highlighting Silva and Sonnen, which shows the beginning of the reported brawl between the two.

The two will battle in the main event May 31 in a UFC Fight Night event in Brazil.

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Nevada State Athletic Commission Bans Testosterone Replacement Therapy For All Fighters

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A few moments ago, the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban therapeutic use exemptions for (TRT) testosterone replacement therapy effective immediately.

If any athlete has a TUE, no state commission will recognize it. Any fighter who competes in MMA, boxing and kickboxing will not be allowed to apply for an exemption going forward.

Some of the notables who have or had a TUE in the past include Vitor Belfort, Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson.

Brett Okamoto from ESPN.com got comment from UFC President Dana White regarding the news.

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Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva Shifted From UFC 173 To Main Event May 31 Card In Brazil

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Fans that were looking forward to UFC 173′s co-main event fight between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will have to wait a week later. The UFC has announced that they are moving the fight to main event a card to take place on May 31 in Brazil with a city and arena to be determined shortly. No reason was given to why the fight was moved.

Silva and Sonnen are currently the coaches for “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″, which is still shooting at this time and will air on UFC Fight Pass starting in March. Dana White stated two weeks ago that their was an incident between the two during filming that turned physical.

Silva last fought in March of 2013 in a fight of the year candidate when he knocked out Brian Stann on a show in Japan.

Sonnen’s last fight was at UFC 167 when he lost to Rashad Evans by first round stoppage.

The fight looks like it will be on one of the Fox Sports channels or UFC Fight Pass.

Updated:The fight will coincide with “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finals” and will air on Fox Sports 1.

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Chael Sonnen Volunteers To Fight A “Sad” Daniel Cormier

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We reported moments ago that former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans had to bow out of his UFC 170 co-main event fight next weekend against Daniel Cormier. The UFC had pulled Cormier from the card as well as a replacement couldn’t be found on such short notice. Well so they thought.

Former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen has volunteered his services to fight Cormier.

Cormier released a statement on Twitter stating he was sad and wants to fight.

Johnson responded on Twitter turning down the opportunity as he is facing Phil Davis at UFC 172 in April.

Sonnen whose is never one to be shy and turn down a challenge, accepted Cormier’s challenge.

Sonnen is currently scheduled to fight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 173 in May. The Oregon native is coaching The Ultimate Fighter Brazil opposite Silva and the filming of the show concludes on February 18.

No comment from the UFC yet as to whether they will make Cormier vs Sonnen.

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UFC 169 Recap: Renan Barao, Jose Aldo Retain Titles

faber-baraoBrian and Steve recap UFC 169 including Renan Barao retaining the bantamweight championship in a controversial decision against Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo defeating Ricardo Lamas to remain the featherweight champion along with the spectacular fight between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the upcoming fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, a big ruling regarding TRT for the bout, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and more on other possible matchups.

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UFC 169 Preview, Chael Sonnen / Wanderlei Silva Dust Up and Julianna Pena Injury

UFC169posterBrian and Steve preview UFC 169 headlined by Renan Barao against Urijah Faber for the bantamweight championship along with the rest of the card for Saturday’s show.  Plus, they talk about the recent argument between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva in Brazil while filming The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena’s major injury and news and notes about upcoming shows.

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UFC 167 Medical Suspensions: Johny Hendricks Could Be Suspended For Up To Six Months

Johny-HendricksUFC 167 took place on Saturday night from Las Vegas, Nevada with Georges St-Pierre in the main event defeating Johny Hendricks by a controversial split decision to retain the UFC welterweight title. BetweenTheRopes.com requested and was able to receive the post-fight medical suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Three fighters received potential six months suspensions including Hendricks with a possible right knee injury, but could be cleared from a doctor sooner than that timeframe.

St-Pierre a 45 day suspension and 30 days of no contact. Here is the list of the medical suspensions from UFC 167:

- Georges St-Pierre suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13
- Johny Hendricks suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared by orthopedist for right knee and suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13
- Chael Sonnen suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13
- Rory MacDonald suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13
- Josh Koscheck suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13
- Ali Bagautinov suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared by orthopedist for left foot and suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13
- Evan Dunham suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13 for left eyebrow laceration
- Rick Story suspended until 1/1/14 with no contact until 12/17/13 for left eyebrow laceration
- Erik Perez suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13 for laceration on bridge of nose
- Gian Villante suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared by orthopedist for both hands
- Cody Donovan suspended until 5/17/14 unless cleared via X-ray by orthopedist for right hand and suspended until 12/17/13 with no contact until 12/8/13

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Georges St-Pierre Tops UFC 167 Salaries

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It has been announced that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was the top salary earner at UFC 167 on Saturday night. St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks to retain the UFC welterweight title in the main event, earned $400,000 for his efforts. Hendricks earned $50,000 for his efforts.

Here the disclosed salaries from UFC 167:

- Georges St-Pierre: $400,000 (no win bonus)
- Johny Hendricks: $50,000

- Rashad Evans: $250,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
- Chael Sonnen: $100,000

- Robbie Lawler: $166,000 (includes $83,000 win bonus)
- Rory MacDonald: $50,000

- Tyron Woodley: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus)
- Josh Koscheck: $78,000

- Ali Bagautinov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
- Tim Elliott: $12,000

- Donald Cerrone: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
- Evan Dunham: $25,000

- Thales Leites: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
- Ed Herman: $40,000

- Rick Story: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
- Brian Ebersole: $18,000

- Erik Perez: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
- Edwin Figueroa: $12,000

- Jason High: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
- Anthony Lapsley: $8,000

- Sergio Pettis: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
- Will Campuzano: $10,000

- Gian Villante: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
- Cody Donovan: $8,000

The total salaries for the event were $1,641,000.

The salaries don’t include insurance, licenses and taxes, money paid by sponsors. The salaries also didn’t include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC will pay on occasion. Additionally, they don’t include any pay-per-view revenue some fighters get.

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UFC 167 Results: Rashad Evans Pummels Chael Sonnen

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In a fight are that both guys were leery of taking because they were very close friends, Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen battled in the co-main event of UFC 167.

The fight starts off with Sonnen rushing Evans trying some jabs and then pushes Evans into the cage. Sonnen tries for a takedown, they both take turns reversing each other in the clinch. Evans tries for a takedown, but is stuffed. Each guy exchange body shots. Evans pressing his body against Sonnen’s in the clinch and lands a takedown.

Evans is in half guard and landing shots on Sonnen. Evans takes Sonnen’s back and starts landing vicious shots and Sonnen gets back in guard. Sonnen gives up his back and then lands more vicious ground and pound to Sonnen’s head with referee Herb Dean stops the fight.

Rashad Evans defeats Chael Sonnen by TKO at 4:05 of Round 1.

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Watch The First Three Fights Of UFC 167 On BetweenTheRopes.com Starting At 6:30 P.M. ET

UFC 167 takes place tonight from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event will feature UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against number one contender Johny Hendricks. The co-feature will have former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans facing off with two-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen.

Before we get the main card on pay-per-view and the premlinary fights on Fox Sports 1, you can watch the first three fights of UFC 167 on BetweenTheRopes.com starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on the video stream above. The first three fights are:

- Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
- Will Campuzano vs. Sergio Pettis
- Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante

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Georges St-Pierre To Net $400K For Tonight’s UFC 167

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As soon as Georges St-Pierre steps into the octagon to defend his UFC welterweight title against Johny Hendricks in the main event at UFC 167, he will make $400,000 with no win bonus. His opponent tonight, Johny Hendricks will get $50,000 with a potential of another $50,000 if he defeats St-Pierre tonight.

The next highest payout goes to Rashad Evans who will net $125,000 for his co-main event fight against Chael Sonnen and a chance to make another $125,000 if victorious. Here’s the initial list of payouts of some of the participants tonight.

- Georges St-Pierre: $400,000 (no win bonus)
- Johny Hendricks: $50,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $50,000)
- Rashad Evans: $125,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $125,000)
- Chael Sonnen: $100,000 (no win bonus)
- Robbie Lawler: $83,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $83,000)
- Rory MacDonald: $50,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $50,000)
- Josh Koscheck: $78,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $78,000)
- Tyron Woodley: $50,000 (plus a potential win bonus of $50,000)

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UFC 167 Preview, 20 Years of UFC

gsp-johnyBrian and Steve talk this Saturday’s UFC 167 pay-per-view headlined by Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks for the welterweight championship including the drug talk and allegations going into the fight.  Plus, they talk about the rest of the card including Rashad Evans squaring off against Chael Sonnen, the 20-year anniversary of the UFC, some of the most memorable fights and knockouts and more during that time and Ben Asken getting his release from Bellator.

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UFC 167 Pre-Fight Press Conference Today On BetweenTheRopes.com Starting At 4 P.M. ET

UFC 167 pre-event press conference takes place today from the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Every fighter on the main card and UFC President Dana White will be the presser. The fighters that will be there are: Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Rory MacDonald, Robbie Lawler, Josh Koscheck, Tyron Woodley, Tim Elliott and Ali Bagautinov.

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Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen I Full Fight Video From UFC 117

One of the greatest comebacks in the UFC took place at UFC 117 as Anderson Silva defeated Chael Sonnen by fifth round submission to retain the UFC middleweight title. Sonnen had dominated the entire fight and won the first four rounds until getting caught by Silva.

The UFC has released the full fight video from the fight to help celebrate 20 years of the organization with the celebration culminating this Saturday at UFC 167.

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Video: Top 20 Submissions in UFC History

UFC 167 is on Saturday night and is the 20th anniversary show of the company. Throughout the week the UFC will be releasing videos of the greatest fights and other moments in the history of the organization. This video above will show the 20 greatest submissions in the history of the UFC. Here are the top five.

5. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes I at UFC 46
4. Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar I at UFC 81
3. Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock at UFC 1
2. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52
1. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

Do you agree with the top five?

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“Countdown To UFC 167″ Full Episode

The UFC returns this Saturday to pay-per-view as UFC 167 takes place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending against Johny Hendricks. The co-feature will have Rashad Evans fighting Chael Sonnen.

Before each PPV, the UFC will do a “Countdown” show to highlight the card’s big three fights. This episode features the St-Pierre-Hendricks and Evans-Sonnen fight. The final fight featured is a key welterweight bout between Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler.

You can watch the full episode above.

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