UFC Targeting JDS-Overeem, Potential Silva-Sonnen Rematch for Summer

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

UFC President Dana White has revealed that his organization is currently looking at summer dates for a UFC heavyweight title showdown between champion Junior dos Santos and challenger Alistair Overeem as well as a potential rematch between longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva and bitter rival Chael Sonnen.

The UFC's head honcho commented on the matchups during last night's premiere episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV. According to White, the UFC is looking at holding the heavyweight title fight at some point in the summer. If Sonnen were to get past Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2 later this month, the same could be said for the middleweight division's biggest grudge match.

"Hopefully, this summer. This summer is probably when it's going to go down," White said of dos Santos and Overeem. "Alistair wants to take some time off. Junior is ready but needs to get some training in. So hopefully, this summer."

Overeem sealed a title shot with a first-round stoppage of Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 this past weekend that sent the former WWE star and UFC champ into retirement. Meanwhile, dos Santos is recovering from surgery to repair a knee that was injured in preparation for his KO of then-title holder Cain Velasquez at the UFC's inaugural show on FOX in November.

While Sonnen battles it out with Munoz on network television, Silva will continue to rehab a shoulder injury that was suffered during his win over Yushin Okami at UFC 134 in his native Brazil last August. White says that if a rematch can indeed be put together, it may take place in a Sao Paolo soccer stadium.

"If we can get Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva, that will probably be held in Brazil in a stadium," White said during the broadcast. "Everyone in the world will want to watch that."


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