Chael: Win vs. Belfort at LHW gets me MW title shot

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Chael Sonnen lost a title shot to Anderson Silva at middleweight. Then he lost a title fight to Jon Jones at light heavyweight. Then he beat Shogun at light heavyweight. Then he lost to Rashad Evans at light heavyweight.

Now he is fighting Vitor Belfort at light heavyweight, and if he wins he gets a title shot, at middleweight, vs. the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on July 5.

“I still will participate in the pay-per-view on July 5, but the stakes are up,” said Sonnen on UFC Tonight. “I am now fighting in a #1 contender's match – the winner of my bout will take on the winner of Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida, my opponent will be Vitor Belfort.

“Vitor and I are both middleweights, 185 pound division, and that is the contendership that is on the line. Vitor Belfort is the #1 contender, he’s putting that title on the line against me. Consider it a catchweight, that will take place at 205 pounds.”

“Here's the bottom line, Vitor and I's paths were going to cross at some point. We all have a fate. And now Vitor and I have a date. And this is what's going to go down, and we're going to go out there and we're going to compete, and I have been after him for awhile, and he's after me too. I don't think either one of us has any problem with the opponent. Timing in life is everything, and the time is now.”