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Chael Sonnen pursuing Rashad Evans, not Phil Davis

Chael Sonnen pursuing Rashad Evans, not Phil Davis

The ongoing saga surrounding UFC star Chael Sonnen’s next opponent has taken another turn, though not a completely unforeseeable one. Already linked in the past to pairings with Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, and most recently Phil Davis, it now looks like Sonnen has set his sights on squaring off against former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

Sonnen let his intentions be known on Twitter, playfully asking Evans what he was doing on November 16 before sending him a mocked up posted for UFC 167. Sonnen has been specifically targeting the show for a tilt based on it representing the 20th anniversary of the organization’s first event and featuring PPV draw Georges St-Pierre in the headlining slot.

Evans responded to his fellow part-time UFC commentator by saying the bout sounded like a good idea to him before joking, “I knew you had something you really wanted to say to me yesterday on the show!”

The 28-13-1 Sonnen is coming off a submission win over Mauricio Rua, a man Evans had expressed interest in prior to the match-up. He also holds past victories over Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping, and Yushin Okami. Comparably, Evans is 18-3-1 and was last seen narrowly outpointing Dan Henderson over the summer.

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