Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann

Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann

He’s back…

Chael Sonnen will return to the cage after more than a year away from the sport when MMA’s resident bad boy will face Top 10 fighter and Marine veteran Brian Stann at UFC 136 in Houston.

Sources close to the match-up confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday. Heavy.com first reported the booking.

Chael Sonnen (25-11-1) makes his return to action for the first time since his loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva last August. Sonnen controlled the fight for virtually every second up until Silva pulled out a Hail Mary triangle choke to get the win.

Since that time, Sonnen has been embroiled in controversy including a suspension from the California State Athletic Commission and being sentenced on Federal money laundering charges in Oregon.

Now the UFC’s professed “most interesting man in the world” will get back to his real business, and that’s in the cage.

Welcoming Sonnen back to the UFC will be Marine veteran Brian Stann (11-3) who has rocketed into the top ten of the middleweight division with back-to-back wins over Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago.

The former WEC light heavyweight champion dropped down to 185 pounds after a loss to Phil Davis in the UFC, and since that time has gone undefeated at middleweight.

The winner of the fight between Sonnen and Stann will likely be a prime candidate to fight for the UFC middleweight title at some point down the road.


Damon Martin is the lead staff writer and radio host for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.


view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

That time Tito Ortiz met Chael Sonnen backstage at UFC 136, and how it (allegedly) led them to Bellator 170

  • 3 hours ago
  • 22 views

LOS ANGELES – Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz remembers the day he walked into Chael Sonnen’s dressing room after Sonnen’s submission of Brian Stann at UFC 136.Filed under: Featured, Featured V read news >>

Cody Garbrandt Takes Out Takeya Mizugaki in 48 Seconds (UFC 207 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 689 views

Cody Garbrandt solidified his contender status and earned a title shot with his first round victory over Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202. read news >>

Verbal agreements in place for Mark Hunt vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 209

  • 29 days ago
  • 35 views

A heavyweight clash featuring two veterans of the sport is in the works for UFC 209.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

TJ Dillashaw: 'Every Opponent Should Be Worried' (UFC 207 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 59 views

Former champion TJ Dillashaw looks to establish himself as the top contender when he takes on No. 2 ranked bantamweight John Lineker at UFC 207. read news >>

Mark Hunt Agrees to Face Alistair Overeem With Conditions | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 326 views

Despite his outstanding issues with the UFC, Mark Hunt has agreed to return to the Octagon to face Alistair Overeem. read news >>

UFC 207 lineup finalized again: Louis Smolka vs. Ray Borg opens main card on pay-per-view

  • 29 days ago
  • 9 views

With the promotion apparently unable to find a replacement opponent for Jessica Andrade, the main card for UFC 207 next week has a new configuration.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Ronda Rousey's Warrior Code (UFC 207 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 12 views

Before her highly anticipated return to the octagon, former champion Ronda Rousey reminds us why she fights, the nerves involved, and her plans for the future. read news >>

Yancy Medeiros meets Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver

  • 29 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC’s January return to the “Mile High City” continues to fill up with the addition of a welterweight fight. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 207 preview: A closer look at Ronda Rousey's career statistics

  • 28 days ago
  • 16 views

Go inside the career stats of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who returns next week in an attempt to reclaim the title she once held. Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Manager explains why Max Holloway isn't fighting Jose Aldo at UFC 208

  • 28 days ago
  • 57 views

Max Holloway and Jose Aldo won’t be fighting to unify the UFC featherweight championship at UFC 208. That much is clear.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>