Dana White: Chael Sonnen vs. Phil Davis at UFC 167 'could happen' for Nov. 16 in Las Vegas

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

It could happen, but do you want it to happen?

Well, I have good news and bad news, so let's start with the bad news.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans hoping to see Chael Sonnen settle his score against Wanderlei Silva are likely to be disappointed, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has indicated that "The Axe Murderer" is still recovering from a serious injury and won't be ready until next year.

Instead, White has considered pairing "The American Gangster" against light heavyweight contender Phil Davis (see him ponder the fight here).

The good news is, the bout has not been signed, so we can optimistically cling to whatever scraps still remain from the Sonnen/Silva war of words. Chael has been dragging Wandy's name through the mud in recent weeks and the Brazilian finally snapped, releasing a rock-and-roll rebuttal full of angry barking and intimidating gestures.

See their verbal warfare here and here.

The UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks" pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for November 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will mark the promotion's 20th anniversary show (more on that here). With that in mind, matchmakers are expected to stack the card from top-to-bottom with its biggest names.

And since Sonnen is second only to St. Pierre (his words), he's been pining for a co-main event slot against Silva, but that may now have to be put on the back burner. Davis doesn't have a rabid fan base like Wandy, but he does sport a "Wonderful" record of 12-1, with wins over Alexander Gustafsson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Lyoto Machida.

Sonnen, meanwhile, recently disposed of former division champion Mauricio Rua.

From a matchmaking perspective, it's a fight that has merit, but it may fail to electrify the fans. Sure, both fighters are capable of entertaining sound bites, but they have similar offense, which relies heavily on wrestling, so there does exists a very real fear of watching a 15-minute stalemate.

Any fight fans out there disagree?


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