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Sonnen U-turn as middleweight gets Brian Stann

ESPN staff
July 7, 2011

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Chael Sonnen will fight Brian Stann, not Lyoto Machida, in his comeback fight at UFC 136.

Sonnen and Machida had looked like a done deal when the Brazilian said he would sign the contract, while Sonnen went on a mass attack against both Machida and his countrymen Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva.

However, the UFC has decided it makes most sense to keep Sonnen at middleweight, where he had come within two minutes of winning the belt before champion Silva locked on a late submission.

Victory over Stann would undoubtedly move Sonnen within one more victory of a title shot, and the UFC confirmed the match-up on their official website.

"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.

"Sonnen was less than two minutes away from defeating Silva and winning the 185lb title at UFC 117 last August before being submitted by the champion. Stann is on a 3-0 run at middleweight, with a submission of Mike Massenzio and knockouts of Chris Leben and Jorge Santiago."

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