UFC 136 on October 8 will give us the return of #3 Chael Sonnen to the Octagon as he takes on #6 Brian Stann in what ought to be the toughest test of Stann's career. That same night will also feature #7 Demian Maia and #17 Jorge Santiago as they attempt to get back to contender status.
That's all for the middleweight division in the UFC this month and Strikeforce has no event at all. Bellator 54 will feature once-ranked Alexander Shlemenko and Bryan Baker as they face no doubt credible opposition whose names ring no bells for me.
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