Sonnen vs. Evans co-headline UFC 167

Chael Sonnen will get his wish. No, not the one to fight
Wanderlei Silva or the one to fight Vitor Belfort. Instead,
he’s been granted the opportunity to fight at the UFC’s
20th anniversary show,
UFC 167, where he will take on Rashad Evans in
the co-main event.

On Wednesday, both fighters confirmed they have verbally
accepted the match.

The fellow FOX Sports analysts are friends, but said they
would have no problem putting their relationship
aside
to compete against each other at what is likely to be the
UFC’s biggest even of the 2013 calendar. The show takes place
on Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

After seeing the middleweight division open up with longtime
champ Anderson Silva’s loss, and prior to his August fight
with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Sonnen had voiced an
intention to return to 185 pounds, but after choking out Rua, the
“American Gangster,” reversed course to stay at
205.

Evans (18-3-1) recently snapped a two-fight losing streak by
defeating Dan Henderson at UFC 161. The former light-heavyweight
champ was the division’s No. 1 contender as recently as April
2012.

Currently, Evans is ranked fifth while Sonnen (29-13-1) is
ninth.

UFC 167 will feature a main event pitting welterweight champ
Georges St-Pierre against Johny Hendricks. Other announced bouts
include Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler, and Josh Koscheck vs.
Tyron Woodley.