Chael Sonnen plans to drop to middleweight after Shogun fight


On this week’s UFC Tonight, Chael Sonnen revealed details about a new contract and training camp, and Sonnen and Kenny Florian made predictions for this weekend’s FOX UFC SATURDAY: JOHNSON VS. MORAGA.

“I’ll return to middleweight after beating Shogun," said Sonnen. "There’re two guys I want to get matched up with: Vitor Belfort, because he’s awesome and he’s on an incredible roll. And Wanderlei Silva, who I’ve heard is going back to middleweight. The landscape has completely changed. I’ve got a new contract and I’m returning to the weight class.”

“I’ve moved to Southern California and am training at Reign with Mark Munoz. My new contract, which is a five-fight deal, was finalized today.”

Both Sonnen and Florian liked Johnson over Moraga.

“I’ve got Demetrious to win, but Moraga is the right guy for the job," said Chael. "He’s got one way to win the fight, if he can control the range, but it might be tough to do in 25 minutes.”

Florian concurred.

“Demetrious wins this one," said Kenny. "His pace will be too hard to match.”

The duo split over Jake Elenberger vs. Rory MacDonald.

“This is a dog fight," said Chael. "MacDonald is better, but Ellenberger is going to catch him. This is the fight of the night. This is my main event.”

Floran went for the Canadian.

“Rory will dictate where the fight goes, dictate the range, because he’s the taller, rangier fighter," said Florian. "He gets the job done.”


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luctaro site profile image  

7/24/13 6:16 PM by luctaro

Vitor already Franklinweight champion.Now TRT champion?My god this UFC career

Team Alpha Snail site profile image  

7/24/13 6:13 PM by Team Alpha Snail

Rashad if he dropped vs Weidman or Sonnen would both be interesting matchups.

Team Alpha Snail site profile image  

7/24/13 6:11 PM by Team Alpha Snail

Sonnen vs Weidman interests me, lets be honest apart from the Silva rematch Weidman doesn't have any outstanding opponents to face. He's beaten Munoz, Belfort would be ok, he'll manhandle Bisping, Okami might have a shot but that'll be a dull fight, Jacare is about as interesting as Belfort. So in my opinion lets have Chael and all the hype against vs man who did what he couldn't, beat Anderson.

Lite site profile image  

7/24/13 2:17 PM by Lite

Yep. Thinks he can beat Weidman. If he's been working like a beast on his sub defense, he certainly has a good chance.

fraz1001 site profile image  

7/24/13 12:59 PM by fraz1001

I think after the JBJ fight he realised just how big and strong true 205rs are...He's a 185r thats quite clear.

OGT site profile image  

7/24/13 12:51 PM by OGT

Kinda what I was thinking, I don't blame him for trying to win the lottery against Jones but was surprised he stuck around after that.He is a force at MW, where he should be.

Lazer MMA site profile image  

7/24/13 12:45 PM by Lazer MMA

He knows he can't compete @ LHW as a contender and he will be stopped by Shogun who has swept and stopped much better.Again vanquished from LHW and again denied his best win ever he can fight Boetsch who was likewise vanquished from LHW.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

7/24/13 12:33 PM by MMALOGIC

Chael vs Machida at 185 for a title shot would be very nice.

kevsh site profile image  

7/24/13 12:28 PM by kevsh

13ers... Clearly doesn't know what GOAT means.

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7/24/13 11:47 AM by AndersonSilvasMoney

This. Going to such for him if he drops back down and Andy beats Weidman in December.