MMA veteran Chael Sonnen will no longer face Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2. Munoz suffered an injury while training and he’ll be replaced by British MMA fighter Michael Bisping. The winner of the Jan. 28 encounter between the two will get the next shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva
“Munoz is injured and out of the FOX fight! Now it’s Chael Sonnen vs Mike Bisping jan 28th and the winner will fight Anderson for the title.” UFC president Dana White tweeted on Jan. 17.
Bisping was previously scheduled to face BJJ specialist Damian Maia at UFC on Fox 2, but that bout has obviously been cancelled. Maia will now face 7-0 Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 2.
Bisping has expressed his desire to fight for the middleweight title, so it does make sense to put him against Sonnen. Bisping and Sonnen have exchanged words in the past, and the verbal sparring leading up to the fight should be quite entertaining.
On paper, the fight favors Sonnen, given his aggressive wrestling style, but “The Count” remains confident as always.
“Unlucky for chael sonnen. I’m now fighting him next week,” Bisping tweeted. “Tune in, jan 28th, fox tv. Fight of the year mofo’s.”
“Chael Sonnen’s best weapon is his mouth, and that’s something that’s going to be absolutely useless in this fight,” Bisping continued on the UFC’s Twitter account. “I see a very bright future for Chael Sonnen as a used car salesman, very soon… He’s been kicked out of politics, kicked out of real estate, and I am going to kick him out of the middleweight division.”
Sonnen didn’t waste any time at all, firing back at Bisping with insults of his own.
“I am going to knock the teeth out of this snot nosed Brit who calls himself royalty, who calls himself a Count…,” Sonnen tweeted via the UFC’s account. “I am MMA royalty and America will tune into the Chael Sonnen show next Saturday on FOX.”
I was looking forward to Sonnen vs. Munoz, but the bout between the two loudest guys in the UFC’s middleweight division does have the potential for some serious fireworks.