According to a report out of Brazil by Combate, Wanderlei Silva has failed to pass his medical exams and will not meet Chael Sonnen this July at UFC 175. The report also stated that Vitor Belfort has been tabbed to step in and meet Sonnen.
The card takes place July 5 from Las Vegas and features a double-championship lineup. Chris Weidman defends his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida – a bout Belfort originally was suppose to have this month – and Ronda Rousey puts her female bantamweight gold on the line vs. Alexis Davis.
Sonnen attended a required meeting with the Nevada Athletic Commission, but Silva did not appear for the hearing and was denied his fight license. Belfort, who was previously not licensed, has performed all the necessary steps set before him by the commission following the banning of TRT earlier this year.
Later tonight, Sonnen will be on “UFC Tonight” in his normal co-host duties with Kenny Florian. We will continu to provide updates on this situation as they are made public.
Just recently, Jon Jones made it known that he would be training with Belfort this week. Jones has previously fought, and defeated both Sonnen and Belfort in successful UFC light heavyweight title defenses.
UPDATE: Twitter source FrontRowBrian confirmed the news, saying that Globo’s report is “10000 true. Vitor v Chael. UFC 175. Las Vegas.” He also stated the bout will take place at light heavyweight, but will be for the middleweight No. 1 contender spot and shot at the Weidman-Machida winner.
Sonnen has twice fought for the UFC 185-pound title, falling on both instances to Anderson Silva. He also fought for the light heavyweight belt previously in the UFC.
Below is the list of current fights announced:
UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida
UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexis Davis
Light Heavyweight: Chael Sonnen vs. Vitor Belfort
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Alex Caceres
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione
Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos
Middleweight: Chris Camozzi vs. Bruno Santos
Welterweight: Ildemar Alcantara vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Middleweight: Luke Zachrich vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
Urijah Faber and the boys at Team Alpha Male had a little fun at the expense of Renan Barao recently, posting a photo on Instagram showing “Renan Barao” as the latest person to sign up for a Bang Muay Thai class this coming weekend.
The list also shows the names of several others. Barao was beaten by T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 173 this past weekend, snapping his nine-year win streak and costing him the UFC bantamweight title.
Dillashaw credited Duane “Bang” Ludwig, the former coach of Team Alpha Male, for helping give him the necessary tools to defeat Barao. Ludwig recently decided to leave the team and open his own gym in Colorado, but Dillashaw is planning to continue working with him for future fights.
Faber twice before lost fights to Barao, including a TKO defeat earlier this year.
New UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw jumped into the pound-for-pound Top-15 in the latest release of the UFC official rankings. Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao over the weekend at UFC 173.
Dillashaw is now ranked No. 11 on the list, right behind UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Barao, who was third overall, fell to No. 8, allowing champions Cain Velasquez, Demetrious Johnson, Chris Weidman and Anthony Pettis to all pass him.
The bantamweight division saw some movement, as Johnny Eduardo improved three spots, cracking the Top-10 at No. 9. Former champion Dominick Cruz remains ranked despite having not fought in over two years.
Matt Brown, who was just announced for a fight later this year against Robbie Lawler, moved up to No. 5 in the welterweight division. Lawler, fresh off a finish of Jake Ellenberger, is the top-ranked contender to Johny Hendricks.
Ellenberger fell two spots after the loss, as Hector Lombard also passed him.
Daniel Cormier is now ranked ahead of both Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira at No. 2 in the light heavyweight division. Cormier asked to be the next man to challenge Jon Jones for the belt after Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson later this summer.
Daniel Cormier dominated Dan Henderson Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 173 and called out Jon Jones after.
The victory pushed Cormier’s record to 15-0 and he made no bones about wanting to square off with “Bones” for his UFC light heavyweight title next.
“Jon Jones, you can’t run away from me forever,” Cormier said. “I’m that kid at the wrestling tournament who is always in your bracket. You better hurry, because I’m only getting better.”
Cormier had no trouble taking Henderson (30-12) down time and time again in a battle of former U.S. Olympic wrestlers. “DC” made sure to let Jones know he would do the same thing if they meet up.
“Nobody can wrestle me,” Cormier said. “If I decide to take Jon Jones down 100 times, I will take him down 100 times. This is my Octagon. I’m the man.”
After winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix with wins over Josh Barnett an Antonio Silva, Cormier came to the UFC and defeated Roy Nelson and Frank Mir before moving to light heavyweight. He was convincing in his 205-pound debut earlier this year, dominating Patrick Cummins.
Jones is scheduled to meet Alexander Gustafsson next, with the bout rumored for August. The two fought to a decision last year.