It appears the proposed rumble between rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva is officially off. While it’s still possible the two could end up colliding at some point in 2014, Sonnen and Silva definitely won’t be duking it out before year’s end based on some recent comments from UFC President Dana White.
White spoke about Sonnen’s future to media after the conclusion of UFC Fight Night 27, stating Silva was actually on the shelf while healing up from some injuries and unable to resume training until January. Previously it was believed Silva’s financial demands were holding up the showdown.
As such, Sonnen will need a new opponent if hoping to see action at UFC 167 or UFC 168 as he’s called for in recent weeks. However, White already has a solution in place, as he explained the organization was in early discussions to book a bout between Sonnen and Phil Davis that “could happen” in November.
The 12-1 Davis has won three fights since suffering the lone loss of his career including a narrow outpointing of Lyoto Machida in his most recent match-up. Sonnen (28-13-1) is also coming off of a victory, submitting Mauricio Rua earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 26.