Yesterday Dana White announced that middleweight contender Chael Sonnen would be the next opponent for 185lb champion Anderson Silva, and it looks like a date has already been established for the showdown.

the mmajunkie website reports that the UFC are planning their first visit to Utah on August 7th for UFC 117, and Silva Vs Sonnen is likely to feature on the card.

Due to the controversy that Silva’s hot and cold performance at last weekend’s UFC 112 event doubts remain over whether the Brazilian stars next fight can carry a show as the headline event.

In the wake of the Abu Dhabi event Dana White suggested that Silva might be forced to spend his next fight in the prelims, but after having time to cool off it’s highly unlikely that will be the case.  At worst I would imagine this fight will turn up in the co-main event slot.

At this stage no other fights have been mentioned in relation to the UFC 117 show.

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