Following Chael Sonnen's impressive submission victory over Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26: "Shogun vs. Sonnen," as well as his entertaining post-fight call out of Wanderlei Silva, the UFC Tonight host was in high demand among just about everyone on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and light heavyweight roster.
This is nothing new to the self-proclaimed "Bad Guy" and since this past Saturday, Sonnen has seemingly taken the rampant future opponent rumors in stride. One potential opponent, Vitor Belfort, wasted no time in calling out Sonnen on Twitter and making a push for a fight between the two testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) spokesmen.
While the potential match-up is one of the more intriguing of the bunch, UFC has decided to take a different route. When the announcement of Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort was made on UFC Tonight, "The Phenom" wasted no time in continuing to play up the fact that he feels Sonnen is doing everything in his power to avoid the fight.
Don't be scared, homie.
@sonnench u are very good actor. But u couldn't hide that u are very relief that u don't have to fight me. I know from a very close friend of yours that since I K.O YOUR coach Matt Lindand your a very afraid to fight me. Don't be afraid to admit, and let my friend @kennyflorian talk. Only u talk.
Belfort is referring to a 37-second knockout of Sonnen's coach at an Affliction event back in 2009.
While Belfort's path seems in place for the time being (unless this happens), the stage is set for a fight between the two somewhere down the line. One many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans have been rightfully pining for since the two first stepped foot inside the Octagon.
If Sonnen and Belfort convincingly dispose of their next opponents, imagine what it will do for pay-per-view (PPV) buy rates for their own eventual "super fight," in whichever territory is currently allowing TRT use, assuming "The Phenom" doesn't go back to his title fight demands.
Time will tell.