A fight between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida is all but a done deal.
Sources close to the situation tell Fighters Only that Sonnen will be making his UFC return at light-heavyweight and is almost certain to face the Brazilian former champion.
The fight is apparently being considered for UFC 136, which takes place on October 8th in Houston, Texas. No fights have been announced for that card but Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian are expected to headline.
If this turns out to be true, Dana White will be going back on his statement that Chael Sonnen has to deal with his shit in California before being allowed to fight for the UFC again:
Will you give him fights in states that will license him?
We don’t do that. He’s going to have to pay his dues and straighten this stuff out with these guys and then do it, even though I think what’s happened to him is wrong.
While technically Chael’s suspension expired at the end of June and he’s free to fight, getting a license in California, Nevada, or any other state with a legit athletic commission would be a tricky thing indeed. You know, because of all the steroids and lying.