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Silva vs. Sonnen Being Eyed for UFC 117, Utah

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MMA Junkie has the scoop:

White announced today during an appearance on ESPN's "Jim Rome is Burning" that the organization was targeting a fight between Silva and top contender Chael Sonnen.

MMAjunkie.com has since confirmed the UFC is targeting Aug. 7 in Salt Lake City, marking the UFC's first-ever trip to Utah.

Additional sources close to the promotion informed MMAjunkie.com that the UFC is eyeing EnergySolutions Arena, home of the NBA's Utah Jazz, as a potential host venue for the event.

This comes after days of controversy over Silva's outing against Demian Maia at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. It remains to be seen if Dana White will make Silva headline this one on his own with a weak card, maybe even going so far as airing it live on Spike to negate Silva's PPV bonus. But he certainly isn't hesitating to throw a fresh challenge at the middleweight kingpin.