In case you haven't heard, Chael Sonnen wants to fight Wanderlei Silva.
But I'm going under the assumption that you have heard. After all, "The American Gangster" has been dragging Silva's name through the mud for the past three years, most recently at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston. After strangling Mauricio Rua into submission (video), Sonnen hijacked his post-fight interview to challenge the former PRIDE FC killer.
See Wandy's reaction here.
Not content with his "Beantown" theatrics on FOX Sports 1, the former middleweight number one contender sent a pre-recorded message to UFC President Dana White, who was making a guest appearance on FOX Sports Live to discuss the latest and greatest happenings in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA).
"Dana, it is no secret that I am the biggest draw and the highest paid athlete in the UFC, and the only person that comes close to rivaling me is Georges St. Pierre. And as I see it, in November, when he takes on Johny Hendricks live and in Las Vegas -- tickets on sale now -- he does not have a co-main event. I ask that you put me and Wanderlei Silva on that card."
Ask and you shall receive.
White told his comrades at the cable television network that he was ready, willing and able to book that fight, which would take place at the UFC 167 pay-per-view (PPV) event on November 16, 2013 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Under one condition.
"We can do that fight. The question, I think, is Wanderlei Silva is out until the beginning of the year. I'm not sure if he's healthy. But if he's healthy, I will definitely make that fight, and I will definitely make it the co-main event."
It takes two to tango.
Silva is expected to be sidelined until December following an assortment of fight-related ailments. While it's still his dream to battle Sonnen in front of his hometown fans in Brazil, Wandy is equally beloved in "Sin City," and could be persuaded to cut his recovery time short for the right price.
He certainly doesn't need any further motivation.
In addition, both fighters are coming off high-profile wins at light heavyweight and from a matchmaking perspective, pair up very well. The question now is, whether or not Wandy is going to bend far enough to satisfy the fans' desire to see this grudge match, without putting himself at a physical disadvantage.
Your move, Mr. Silva.