Dave Meltzer: Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva Likely for UFC Debut on FOX Sports 1
Following Chael Sonnen calling out Wanderlei Silva on Tuesday night’s episode of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV, the MMA world has been abuzz about this possible match up. Dave Meltzer announced on his radio show that the fight is likely being targeted for the August event on Fox Sports 1.
Meltzer said of Chael’s call-out:
‘The Wanderlei Silva thing was something he was told to do because they [the UFC and FOX] are looking at [it]- I know that the idea is Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen as one of the top matches on the August 17 show in Boston. That’s what they are looking for… If you are thinking of a good TV main event, that’s it. That’s a good one to have. And again, Chael will cut the promos to build it up… I don’t know if the match will be great but it’s definitely the right mix to build a television main event.”
From a business standpoint, the fight certainly makes sense. Sonnen has already began to create tension that could boil into excellent television drama. FOX could use this to pump up the fight and attract new viewers outside the fans who would already be watching. Additionally, Wanderlei’s record with television fights is superb given his recent Fuel TV performance against Brian Stann.
“As far as a TV main event,” said Meltzer, “Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann is to me, is like the greatest TV main event in UFC. It drew phenomenal ratings for Fuel… it was almost double the highest rated show in the history of the channel. And what a match. That probably was UFC’s best match of this year.”