The anticipated rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is set to take place in June in Silva’s home country of Brazil.
UFC President Dana White announced at Saturday’s UFC 143 post-fight press conference that Silva and Sonnen had verbally agreed to the matchup with an exact date and venue to be finalized soon.
Sonnen (27-11-1) kept his hopes for another shot at Silva and his title alive as he edged Michael Bisping by unanimous decision one week ago at UFC on Fox 2. The win was Sonnen’s second-straight since returning to the Octagon in October after serving suspensions for a positive drug test and guilty plea in the wake of his near upset of Silva in August 2010.
Following the near-loss to Sonnen, Silva (31-4) has turned in dominant wins over Vitor Belfort via first-round KO one year ago and Yushi Okami via second-round TKO in August, but has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since.
Sao Paulo, Brazil is the front-runner to host the event, which is also expected to feature The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’s coaches fight between Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort and tournament finals.