Sonnen Signs Contract To Face Silva At UFC 117

The most anticipated middleweight bout of the past few years is a go.

Chael Sonnen today told Bruce Buffer on the Sherdog Radio Network that he has signed his contract to face Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Though not officially announced by the promotion, the event is scheduled to be held on Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

“I signed my contract and sent it in six minutes after it hit my fax machine. He’s been hanging on to (his contract) for 10 days and hasn’t signed it yet,” said Sonnen. “I’ll be fighting August 7 against somebody. I’m presuming it’s him, but again, he’s had it for 10 days. I don’t know if fax machines aren’t working in Brazil or what the holdup is.”

Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, verified that he’d received the contract and said that Silva would sign when he returns from a family vacation.

Sonnen has already begun prep work for the Silva bout. “He never comes out and just strikes,” said Sonnen. “He always has a few ‘tells’ that he does before he goes, but it also makes him so effective. … So far, I’ve been able to recognize what his set-ups are. I don’t know how to stop them yet. Strategically, that’s what I need to focus on for the next few months.”