You can eliminate one possible main event for the UFC's first card on Fox Sports 1 in August. The event, which takes place in Boston, was expected to have a light heavyweight clash between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva on top. But it now looks like Silva won't be returning until late in the year. He explained the deal to Brazil outlet Spor TV:
"I will not fight in Boston, that's right. Sonnen still [has] not been officially proposed, no one called me offering to fight. Is it interesting? Yes, very. But if it is held, will be after Boston. Before, or in Boston, no. Now, in Brazil would be a dream. I think he'd even have to wear armor and earplug to walk there. A fight against Sonnen in Brazil would be very interesting. My last in the country was in Belo Horizonte, and the audience was wonderful, was very well received. I had a week of king, did fight of the night ... It was a very good experience. Fight with Sonnen is good for any event. I'm ready for December, in the year-end event. [I need to rest] my head and body for now, because my last fight was very difficult because I was recording the TUF and prepared there. This year I was already two months away from home, and now I have to rest a bit."
There's also the news that Sonnen will be working in-studio for the vent with Kenny Florian, while Joe Rogan will join Jon Anik on broadcasting duties. So there's no way this is another prank on Silva's part. It doesn't surprise me that Silva wants to fight Sonnen in Brazil, but it'll be interesting to see if Chael would consider it or not. Either way, don't expect to see The Axe Murderer in the cage for a while.