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post #1 of 123 (permalink) Old 07-06-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Sonnen's comeback-opponent finally revealed! STANN!

A middleweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann has been agreed to for UFC 136 in October.

HeavyMMA confirmed the news with sources close to the bout on Wednesday afternoon.

The bout is slated to be the co-main event of the pay per view in Houston. The event will take place at the Toyota Center.

Sonnen has been out of action since last August, when he lost to a last-second triangle in a title fight with Anderson Silva. Sonnen tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs after the bout and was suspended for twelve months. His suspension was reduced to six months after a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission, but was later turned into an indefinite suspension after the committee expressed dissatisfaction with Sonnen's answers from the previous hearing. Sonnen's issue with the commissions in Nevada and California will likely not factor into the fight in Texas, which has a notoriously lax commission.

Stann is riding a three-fight win streak over Mike Massenzio, Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago, and is quickly becoming one of the top contenders in the middleweight division. A victory over Sonnen would put him near a title shot with Silva in early 2012.

I really hope he smashes Sonnen :/

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I see Sonnen taking down Stann and controlling him for 3 rounds. The only times I have watched Stann fought is vs Leben and vs Rivera, so I'm not too sure about Stann's TDD and BJJ yet. However, I think a wrestler of Sonnen's calibre can take just about any MW down.
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Yeah, bit at MW I'd say Stann was the opponent I prefered... Though the fight with Lyoto would've been awesome! Anybody who's willing to shut up Sonnen is a hero in my book :P

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Oh great, we get to see Sonnen dry hump the hell out of someone again...

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I think Stann will be soundly beat in this fight. Sonnen will just grind him out and Stann will offer little off of his back.
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How the heck will Sonnen troll Stann though...

I'm surprised they're making this match-up as I expected them to milk Sonnen for another fight with Silva, and get Stann in title contention as well -- this will seemingly eliminate one from that title picture...

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This is the worst matchup for Sonnen in terms of PR. How is he going to talk trash to a former Marine?!
I really hope Stann knocks him out cold.
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Sonnen will find a way to trash talk Stann, he has no couth. As far as the match up, I think Sonnen may have his hands full with Stann. Maybe this is the UFC's way of saying to Sonnen that he needs to earn his way back into good graces let alone title contention. The road starts with and may very well end with Stann.

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Ridiculous matchmaking. The Lyoto fight was an odd one, but had its merits, this makes no sense at all.

At best, it kind of relates to the rankings of the division somewhat, but from every other viewpoint it is stupid. Either Sonnen's hype gets killed and UFC loses a big money maker in Silva Sonnen 2, or Stann's hype gets de railed just when UFC seem to be packaging his background well. Also, as already mentioned, the shit talking is going to be an odd affair. I wonder what stance Sonnen will take, if he goes all out villain, and belittles the marine aspect, this fight will pop a big one, but most likely have an unrewarding end.

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