Chael Sonnen vs. Phil Davis possible for UFC 167

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UFC president Dana White stated in last night's post-event press conference that Chael Sonnen and Phil Davis could fight in the co-main event of UFC 167.

If you were hoping for Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva to settle their war of words with an actual fight in the UFC's octagon, you'll have to wait a little bit longer. According to Dana White, Wanderlei is not yet healthy and can't even train until the start of 2014: (via MMA Junkie)

"He's not going to be healthy till January," White said. "He can't even start training till January."

Sonnen had been asking to fight Wanderlei at UFC 167, and the song and dance has generally surrounded the Brazilian. White said that Silva wanted PPV points or else he wouldn't fight Chael, then Wanderlei released this trash-talking video, but apparently he's not even healthy enough to train much less fight in November.

So who could be next for Chael, who is ranked both in the top 10 at middleweight and light heavyweight? White says a fight with Phil Davis is possible:

"We talked a little bit tonight," White said of Sonnen. "He wants to fight on that 20th anniversary card. He wants to co-main that (card). I'm working on it. That fight (against Phil Davis) could happen."

Davis (12-1, 1 NC) has rebounded very well since his loss to Rashad Evans early last year. After a no-contest with Wagner Prado, he submitted him in Brazil in the rematch, followed that up with a decision win over Vinny Magalhaes, and then upset Lyoto Machida (albeit controversially to many) by unanimous decision.

If this fight gets made, consider me a fan of it. Davis has beaten Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alexander Gustafsson, and Machida, all of whom are currently in the UFC's top 10 rankings. He's more likely to be competitive against Sonnen than Wanderlei, and a win for him could see him in the title hunt again. For Sonnen, while no sane person could possibly justify Jones/Sonnen 2, another win against a top 10 light heavyweight would definitely make him a candidate for a LHW title shot should, say, Jones move up to heavyweight or Alexander Gustafsson beats Jones later this month.

What do you think of a potential Davis/Sonnen showdown?

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