Behind the scenes last Saturday at UFC 132 in Las Vegas Chael Sonnen expressed interest in facing Lyoto Machida. After testing positive for banned substances and his subsequent suspension following his August 2010 fight with Anderson Silva, Sonnen is now clear to fight again.
According to England-based magazine Fighters Only, the bout between Machida and Sonnen has been verbally agreed to and is planned for UFC 136, to take place October 8 in Houston. Chael will be fighting at light heavyweight, one up from his usual middleweight division.
On a side not, Sonnen taking on Brazilian fighters is nothing new, nor are his verbal tirades against them. Of his five appearances against Brazilians, the wrestler was tapped out in four, winning one by decision, as detailed in the breakdown below:
Who takes the W in the fight with Lyoto?
Sonnen vs. Brazilians:
Renato Babalu won via triangle at UFC 55
Paulo Filho won via armbar at WEC 31
Defeated Paulo Filho via unanimous decision at WEC 36
Demian Maia won via triangle at UFC 95
Anderson Silva won via armbar from triangle at UFC 117