After two failed attempts at dethroning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen has decided to try his luck in the light-heavyweight division. According to “The American Gangster” his next fight will be against “Ultimate Fighter” season one winner Forrest Griffin on Dec. 29.
Sonnen started off his MMA career as a light-heavyweight, so he shouldn’t have any problems moving up to 205 pounds.
Chael Sonnen is hoping a win against Griffin will propel him into title contention in the light-heavyweight division, and he’s already started his verbal assault against current champ, Jon Jones.
“Sure, I can go up to 205 and take Jon Jones’ belt away the same as I can take his candy on Halloween; the little punk kid, I can snatch it all I want,” Sonnen said during an recent appearance on ‘UFC Tonight.’ “But there is something to be said in sportsmanship in earning your shot. And on the 29th of December I’m going to go through Forrest to do it.”
Hardcore MMA fans probably realize how ridiculous it is to give Sonnen a shot at the UFC’s light-heavyweight title if he emerges victorious against Griffin, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the promotion goes that route. A Sonnen vs. Jones fight would be an easy sell for the UFC, considering the Portland native’s ability to bring in casual fans.
Unfortunately for Sonnen, Jones is a very tough matchup for him, and a fight between the two probably wouldn’t be very competitive. “Bones” has destroyed more accomplished wrestlers in the past, and even Rashad Evans – whose takedowns are considered the best in the division by many MMA fans, wasn’t able to put him on his back.
Sonnen would probably be forced to stand and trade in a potential fight against Jones, and I just can’t see him getting past the latter’s 84.5 inch reach.
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