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Chael Sonnen to fight Brian Stann

Updated: July 12, 2011, 11:20 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen, who came within minutes of defeating champion Anderson Silva last August, returns to action against fast-rising Brian Stann, the UFC announced Thursday on its website.

According to the UFC, Sonnen and Stann have verbally agreed to the fight. They are scheduled to meet at UFC 136 in October.

"Anytime I can fight somebody of the stature and has had the kind of career of a guy like Chael Sonnen, I'm excited," Stann told ESPN.com. "He's ranked ...

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