Chris Weidman vs Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva Official for UFC 173

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman

  • 11-0 MMA / 7-0 UFC Record
  • 11 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Anderson Silva (x2), Demian Maia, Mark Munoz

Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort

  • 24-10 MMA / 13-6 UFC Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin

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Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen

  • 28-14-1 MMA / 7-7 UFC Record
  • Lost 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Yushin Okami, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Michael Bisping

Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva

  • 35-12-1 MMA / 5-6 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Quinton Jackson (x2), Dan Henderson, Michael Bisping

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UFC 173

May 25th, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Chris Weidman defended his title for the first time at UFC 168, but not likely in the way he had planned. Anderson Silva threw a leg kick that was checked by Weidman, breaking his leg in two, instantly stopping the fight and awarding Weidman the TKO victory. He’s now a perfect 11-0 in his career, including three straight knockout victories.

Vitor Belfort earned himself another shot at the UFC middleweight title, when he knocked out Dan Henderson in the first round with a head kick at UFC Fight Night 32. Since his lost to Jon Jones in September 0f 2012, Belfort has had three consecutive knockout victories against Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Henderson.

With a first round TKO loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 167, Chael Sonnen has now lost three out his last four fights. Following two failed attempts at the middleweight and light heavyweight titles, Sonnen defeated Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in the first round by submission at UFC Fight Night 26.

Wanderlei Silva has been inactive for over a year, last time out defeating Brian Stann by second round knockout in March of last year. He’s won two of his last three fights, also earning a TKO victory over Cung Le, but losing a decision to Rich Franklin at UFC 147.

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UFC 167 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Georges St-Pierre def. Johny Hendricks via Split Decision
  • Rashad Evans def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 4:05
  • Robbie Lawler def. Rory MacDonald via Split Decision
  • Tyron Woodley def. Josh Koscheck via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 4:38
  • Ali Bagautinov def. Timothy Elliott via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Donald Cerrone def. Evan Dunham via Triangle Choke – Round 2, 3:49
  • Thales Leites def. Ed Herman via Unanimous Decision
  • Rick Story def. Brian Ebersole via Unanimous Decision
  • Erik Perez def. Edwin Figueroa via Unanimous Decision
  • Jason High def. Anthony Lapsley via Unanimous Decision
  • Sergio Pettis def. Will Campuzano via Unanimous Decision
  • Gian Villante def. Cody Donovan via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 1:22

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva Announced as Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Coaches

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A bitter rivalry that has been brewing for several years, will finally come to an end sometime next year. UFC officials announced today that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will coach the third season of the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Tryouts are scheduled for November 11th in Rio de Janeiro and are open to heavyweights, light heavyweights, and middleweights. Filming is expected to start early next year.

Chael Sonnen has made a name for himself calling out and insulting nearly every Brazilian fighter on the UFC’s roster, but other than Anderson Silva, no one has received more guff than Wanderlei Silva.

Recently, the two had a heated altercation at a Mr. Olympia convention, where both fighters exchanged words and members of both camps were needed to hold back their fighter. In my opinion, the meet seemed somewhat staged, but feel free to make your own opinion:

Chael Sonnen is scheduled to face Rashad Evans at UFC 167 on November 16th in the co-main event of the evening. The card will be headlined by welterweight champion, Georges St Pierre and Johny Hendricks.

Chael Sonnen vs Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem vs Frank Mir Official for UFC 167

Chael Sonnen

 

Chael Sonnen

  • 28-13-1 MMA / 7-6 UFC Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Yushin Okami, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Michael Bisping

Rashad Evans

 

Rashad Evans

  • 18-3-1 MMA / 13-3-1 UFC Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Dan Henderson, Quinton Jackson, Phil Davis

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Alistair Overeem

 

Alistair Overeem

  • 36-13 MMA / 1-2 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Mark Hunt, Fabricio Werdum, Brock Lesnar

Frank Mir

 

Frank Mir

  • 16-7 MMA / 14-7 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (x2), Roy Nelson, Brock Lesnar

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UFC 167

November 16th, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada

MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Chael Sonnen returned to the win column for the first time since January of last year, submitting former light heavyweight champion, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in the first round at UFC Fight Night 26. He had previously lost back-to-back fights against pound-for-pound kingpins, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones in title fights.

Rashad Evans ended a two-fight losing streak with a razor-thin split decision victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 161. Evans fought for the UFC 205-pound title in April of last year, losing a unanimous decision to Jon Jones. He then followed that with an uninspiring effort against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156, losing another unanimous decision.

Former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem finds himself in a must win situation following back-to-back knockout losses inside the octagon. Overeem impressed in his UFC debut, dispatching of Brock Lesnar in a little over two minutes in the opening frame by TKO at UFC 141. He has since been knocked out by Antonio Silva and Travis Browne, two fights he was winning before tiring and winding up on the losing side of things.

Frank Mir once again finds himself at the crossroads of his career, losing three consecutive fights since May of last year. He fought for the title in May of last year, suffering a second round knockout to then-champ, Junior dos Santos, and has since lost a decision to Daniel Cormier, and most recently a TKO loss to Josh Barnett at UFC 164.

UFC Fight Night 26 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Chael Sonnen def. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua via Guillotine Choke – Round 1, 4:44
  • Travis Browne def. Alistair Overeem via KO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:08
  • Urijah Faber def. Iuri Alcantara via Unanimous Decision
  • Matt Brown def. Mike Pyle via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:29
  • John Howard def. Uriah Hall via Split Decision
  • Michael Johnson def. Joe Lauzon via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

  • Michael McDonald def. Brad Pickett via Triangle Choke – Round 2, 3:43
  • Conor McGregor def. Max Holloway via Unanimous Decision
  • Steven Siler def. Mike Brown via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 0:50
  • Diego Brandao def. Daniel Pineda via Unanimous Decision
  • Manvel Gamburyan def. Cole Miller via Unanimous Decision
  • Ovince St. Preux def. Cody Donovan via KO (Punches) – Round 1, 2:07
  • James Vick def. Ramsey Nijem via Guillotine Choke  – Round 1, 0:58

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs Chael Sonnen Headlines UFC on FOX Sports 1 1

Mauricio Rua

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua

  • 21-7 MMA / 5-5 UFC Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, Brandon Vera

Chael Sonnen

 

Chael Sonnen

  • 27-13-1 MMA / 6-6 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping

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UFC on FOX Sports 1 1

August 17th, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts

TD Garden

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Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua lost for the second time in three fights at UFC on FOX 5, dropping a unanimous decision to rising contender Alexander Gustafsson. A fourth round TKO victory over Brandon Vera at UFC on FOX 4, put Shogun back on the winning track after losing a unanimous decision to Dan Henderson back in November of 2011, which is widely considered one of the greatest fights in MMA history.

Chael Sonnen fell short on winning UFC gold for the third time in three years, this time a first round TKO loss to the 205-pound champ, Jon Jones at UFC 159. Sonnen last tasted victory in January of last year with a controversial decision victory over Michael Bisping at UFC on FOX 2.

UFC 159 Quick Results

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Main Card:

  • Jon Jones def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:33
  • Michael Bisping def. Alan Belcher via Technical Decision
  • Roy Nelson def. Cheick Kongo via KO (Punch) – Round 1, 2:03
  • Phil Davis def. Vinny Magalhaes via Unanimous Decision
  • Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via Rear Naked Choke – Round 3, 4:02

Preliminary Card:

  • Rustam Khabilov def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (Thumb Injury) – Round 1, 2:32
  • Ovince St. Preux def. Gian Villante via Majority Technical Decision
  • Sara McMann def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 4:06
  • Bryan Caraway def. Johnny Bedford via Guillotine Choke – Round 3, 4:44
  • Cody McKenzie def. Leonard Garcia via Unanimous Decision
  • Steven Siler def. Kurt Holobaugh via Unanimous Decision