Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva are coaching opposite each other on this season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil in what is the biggest rivalry in the history of MMA since the last time they used that line. It was revealed recently that the two men had not officially signed a contract for a fight at the end of the show, something of a surprise considering that a fight between the two was a given.
The two TUF Brazil 3 coaches will settle their disagreements on May 31, 2014 at the Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, UFC officials announced Sunday night.
The bout between Sonnen (28-14-1) and Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC) was briefly linked to UFC 173 on May 24th. However, UFC officials elected to move the date back one week and stage the fight in Brazil rather than Las Vegas, NV.
There was some disagreement among media over if the fight was actually officially signed yet or not:
Yeah, Wanderlei still has to sign that contract, and unless it happened today, that’s not done yet.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) March 24, 2014
Grace Tourinho says Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen is signed. There you go.— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) March 24, 2014
I wouldn't be surprised if Dana White tells us later that Silva-Sonnen isn't signed yet. Don't know why, but Tourinho didn't convince me.— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) March 24, 2014
Either way, it appears May 31 is the target date. Unless Silva has reason to night sign the contract, it seems that things are set to move forward.