After a heartbreaking loss at UFC 117, Chael Sonnen
will likely receive an immediate rematch versus champion Anderson Silva, UFC president Dana White
confirmed Tuesday during an in-studio ESPN SportsCenter
"Yeah, I think that's the fight that fans want to see," White said when asked about a Sonnen-Silva rematch. "The way that I see my job is my job is to give the fans what they want. I think that's the fight they want to see. We got some interesting fights in that division. Vitor Belfort is still out there. I'm looking towards the Chael Sonnen rematch. Yes."
While Belfort is obviously in the mix as he was scheduled to face Silva at UFC 112 in April before suffering a shoulder surgery, Belfort told Sherdog.com
Monday that he will return to action in November, but his opponent according to Lorenzo Fertitta will not be Sonnen.
The rematch between Silva and Sonnen is expected to take place early next year as Silva will take time off to recover from a rib injury.
White appeared Tuesday morning on ESPN's SportsCenter
and First Take
to promote Saturday's UFC 118 fights featuring Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn and James Toney vs. Randy Couture. White retold the story of how Toney chased him around for a UFC contract and how Couture asked the UFC for the fight against Toney. For the main event, White explained the story lines going into the title fight with Edgar's desire to prove his title win at UFC 112 was no fluke and that Penn was sick leading up to the UFC 112 fight.
The more current news coming out of White's appearance were the Silva-Sonnen update and the status of UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, whom White confirmed will meet Rashad Evans in mid-2011.
"[Shogun] just had knee surgery, his others have been in Brazil," said White. "We did this one in the United States with the best doctor in the country. He's recovering well and we're looking at mid-spring, early Summer for his return and he'll fight Rashad Evans."
Watch Dana White's appearance on SportsCenter
below (video has been pulled)