The much awaited grudge fight is finally happening. Chael Sonnen will face Wanderlei Silva on pay-per-view at Bellator MMA’s debut event in New York on June 24.
The associated press reported the news first on Monday.
Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva have a long history. They were suppose to fight 3 years ago.
On 22 October 2013, it was announced that Silva would be coaching The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, against long-time rival Chael Sonnen. A bout with Sonnen, briefly attached to UFC 173, then at The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finale, was expected to take place on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175. Dana White later stated the fight had to be moved back when Silva injured his hand and back during a brawl with Sonnen that took place during filming of the show. Silva was ultimately pulled from the fight entirely after he failed to submit an application to fight in the state of Nevada, as well as his refusal to undergo a random drug test and was replaced by Vitor Belfort On June 10, 2014, it was later reported that Chael Sonnen failed a drug test and would not be allowed to fight on UFC 175 card, as a result of the failed drug test, Sonnen announced his retirement from the sport the following day. As a result of his refusal to submit to the drug tests, Silva was given a lifetime ban and a $70,000 fine by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at their meeting on September 23, 2014.
In May 2015, judge Kerry Earley overturned the lifetime ban that was imposed on Wanderlei Silva by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
In January 2016, following an apology to the UFC about their “fight-fixed” and retracting his statement, he was released from his UFC contract. This will allow him to do whatever he wants with his career.
This is the brawl: