Fight Reportedly Being Held Up Over Money

Published on August 24th, 2013 2:20 pm EST

According to UFC President Dana White, the promotion wants to book a Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva fight for UFC 167: St. Pierre vs Hendricks.

As you likely know, Chael Sonnen called out Wanderlei Silva following Sonnen's impressive victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC on Fox Sports 1: Sonnen vs Shogun earlier this month. The two have exchanged words in the past, and the run-up to the fight would certainly be entertaining.

According to reports, Sonnen vs Silva would serve as UFC 167's co-main event.

The problem?

According to Dana White, Silva has asked for PPV points, meaning that he would receive a cut of the PPV revenues.

This seems to have slowed negotiations for the fight, as the UFC seems unwilling to pay out more points to another fighter. Georges St. Pierre gets PPV points, as does Chael Sonnen (more than likely), so the UFC is likely hesitant to pay out PPV points to a third fighter on the card.


You can't really blame Silva for asking for points - after all, he is a legend and has been involved in many high profile fights.

On the other hand, you can't really fault the UFC for not wanting to pay points to three fighters on a single card.


Other fighters, including Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort, had been mentioned as possible opponents for Sonnen.

Unfortunately, both Machida and Belfort have been booked in fights over the past week (Machida is dropping down to 185 to fight Tim Kennedy and Belfort is fighting Dan Henderson), which means that Sonnen will likely end up fighting Silva or somebody completely out of left field.

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