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Sonnen vs. Evans co-headline UFC 167

Chael Sonnen vs Rashad Evans
FOX & Friends: Sonnen and Evans will co-headline UFC 167 on Nov. 16.
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Mike Chiappetta

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Chael Sonnen will get his wish. No, not the one to fight Wanderlei Silva or the one to fight Vitor Belfort. Instead, he’s been granted the opportunity to fight at the UFC’s 20th anniversary show, UFC 167, where he will take on Rashad Evans in the co-main event.

On Wednesday, both fighters confirmed they have verbally accepted the match.

The fellow FOX Sports analysts are friends, but said they would have no problem putting their relationship aside to compete against each other at what is likely to be the UFC’s biggest even of the 2013 calendar. The show takes place on Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

After seeing the middleweight division open up with longtime champ Anderson Silva’s loss, and prior to his August fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Sonnen had voiced an intention to return to 185 pounds, but after choking out Rua, the “American Gangster,” reversed course to stay at 205.

Evans (18-3-1) recently snapped a two-fight losing streak by defeating Dan Henderson at UFC 161. The former light-heavyweight champ was the division’s No. 1 contender as recently as April 2012.

Currently, Evans is ranked fifth while Sonnen (29-13-1) is ninth.

UFC 167 will feature a main event pitting welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre against Johny Hendricks. Other announced bouts include Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler, and Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley.

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