Chael Sonnen officially invites Anderson Silva to be an assistant coach on TUF: Brazil

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Chael Sonnen is a man of his word.

Weeks after saying he would like to invite his long-time rival Anderson Silva to be a part of his TUF: Brazil coaching staff, Sonnen told MMAFighting.com Thursday night that, "I have officially invited Anderson to coach TUF: Brazil as part of my staff."

Sonnen said he reached out to Silva's manager Ed Soares to extend the offer, and that Soares said, "I'll talk to Anderson and get back to you."

TUF: Brazil 3, which will be coached by Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva, will film from Jan. 12 to Feb. 21. There's still no word on when and where it will air in North America.

Following the airing of the show, Sonnen and Silva will meet in a light heavyweight fight. That bout date has also yet to be announced.

Should Silva agree to join Team Sonnen it would be a stunning turn of events considering their heated rivalry in the past. Silva defeated Sonnen via submission at UFC 117 and via TKO at UFC 148.

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