Chael Sonnen Meets Rashad Evans in UFC 167 Co-Headliner

By Mike Whitman Sep 4, 2013

Chael Sonnen will return to the cage on Nov. 16, just not against Wanderlei Silva.

UFC officials announced Wednesday night that the former three-time title contender will take on Rashad Evans in the co-main event of UFC 167, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view.

The show is headlined by a welterweight title clash between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks and will also see Rory MacDonald collide with Robbie Lawler in a pivotal 170-pound showdown.

Sonnen had initially called out Silva to face him at UFC 167, but the Brazilian’s Octagon return has been slowed by injury. As a result, Sonnen will now lock horns with Evans, a former light heavyweight champion who recently halted a two-fight skid by taking a split decision from Dan Henderson at UFC 161. “Suga” owns 10 of his 18 victories by way of decision and has only been stopped one time as a pro.

Sonnen, meanwhile, has won six of his last nine fights, with his only losses in that span coming to Anderson Silva (twice) and Jon Jones. The self-proclaimed “American Gangster” returned to the win column last month, when he submitted former 205-pound champion Mauricio Rua with a first-round guillotine choke in the main event of Fight Night 26.


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