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Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann Planned for UFC 136

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That was quick. Earlier today an MMA Junkie report nixed the rumored fight between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida. Now, that Sonnen will instead fight Brian Stann. The details:

At UFC 136 in October, middleweight contender Chael Sonnen will return to the Octagon for the first time since his epic 2010 battle with Anderson Silva to take on the “All-American” Brian Stann in a bout verbally agreed to Wednesday

Stann was last seen blasting Jorge Santiago on Memorial Day weekend. The win put him at 3-0 in the UFC's middleweight division. Phil Davis forced him to drop in weight following a unanimous decision loss at UFC 109.

There's no word whether Sonnen will adopt Sgt. Slaughter's turncoat gimmick from Wrestlemania VII.

UFC 136 is expected to take place October 8 and feature a featherweight title main event between Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian.

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