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By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

News broke yesterday that the much-anticipated fight featuring TUF Brazil 3 coaches Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva is off due to issues between the “Axe Murderer” and the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Sonnen, who works as one of the UFC Tonight hosts, said that Wanderlei refused to take a random drug test when approached by the NSAC.

With all that said, Sonnen will now be fighting Vitor Belfort at July’s UFC 175 event in Las Vegas. The fight will take place at light-heavyweight (205 pounds) but according to the “American Gangstar”  the new bout has middleweight title ramifications.

“The stakes are up. I am now fighting in a No. 1 contenders match. The winner of my bout will take on the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida.”

As of now, the UFC has not confirmed that the fight will be for a shot at the title. Belfort of course was scheduled to fight Weidman for the title before the NSAC banned TRT usage, causing him to have to clear his body of it. What do you guys think, should the winner get the next crack at the middleweight belt?

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