By the end of the UFC’s second venture on FOX, two things will most certainly be answered; Who will be next in line for title shot against both Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. In the night’s Main and Co-Main Event, three of the involved fighters will be buying for their chance to fight for Championship gold later on this year with another patiently waiting on the sidelines.
After an injury forced Mark Munoz out of his fight with Chael Sonnen, Micheal Bisping was brought up to replace him, giving him the opportunity to finally achieve his dream of becoming the first British Champion in UFC history. Standing in his way though will be the brash and honest Chael Sonnen, who will look to enact his revenge on Anderson Silva should he get past Bisping.
Despite Sonnen’s belief that Anderson Silva won’t fight him should he win at UFC on FOX, UFC President Dana White has begged to differ on Sonnen’s beliefs about Silva.
“I 100-percent, right here, right now, guarantee you that if Chael Sonnen wins his fight, that Anderson Silva will fight Chael Sonnen this summer,” said White during a recent interview on UFC Tonight on Fuel TV. “It will probably take place in Brazil.”
The map to the Light Heavyweight title is just as easy.
Depending on the outcome of the night’s Main Event between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis, will determine who is next for current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon “Bones” Jones.
“If Rashad Evans wins, and if he doesn’t get injured, he will fight Jon Jones,” said White.
Rashad Evans has been patiently waiting on the sidelines for his shot at Jones. Due to numerous injuries, forcing pullouts for both Jones and himself out of UFC 133 and UFC 140 respectively, the two former training partners could finally come to a collision later this year, with UFC 145 being a major possibility.
Should Evans either be injured or lose in the main event against Davis, the 2nd option for Jones is just as concrete when you talk to Dana White.
“Should Rashad get hurt, then Dan Henderson will fight next,” said White.
With two title shot opportunities on the line at UFC on FOX, along with Weidman vs Maia on the main card as well, the UFC is hoping to pull out the big guns for their second showing on FOX. No matter what happens after the card, two new title contenders will be named heading into the next day.