Chael Sonnen (above) is headed for a clash with Brian Stann. |
Photo: Dave Mandel
It appears Chael Sonnen
will return to the cage sooner rather than later, as the Oregon
native will likely face fellow middleweight Brian Stann
The event, rumored to go down Oct. 8 at Houston’s Toyota Center,
has yet to be officially announced by the promotion. Sherdog.com
confirmed the news with a source close to the bout on Wednesday
after an initial report from Heavy.com.
Sonnen has not fought since his defeat to middleweight champion
Silva in August 2010. Since that loss, the fighter has faced
multiple battles outside the cage in relation to his testosterone
replacement therapy hearings in California, as well as an unrelated
money laundering conviction in Oregon. The fighter’s recent
indefinite suspension from the California State Athletic Commission
was lifted when his fight license expired on June 29, making him
eligible to reapply for a new license in any state.
Stann was more active in the last year, fighting twice since
Massenzio with a triangle choke in August 2010. The
“All-American” went on to knock out the notoriously resilient
Leben in January, and subsequently punched out former Sengoku
middleweight ace Jorge
Santiago at UFC 130 in May.