White: Sonnen has a bright future after fighting
UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has basically talked to himself into a rematch with Anderson Silva and a lightheavyweight title shot against Jon Jones. He has been hired by Fuel TV as an analyst and a broad caster by FOX for the UFC on FOX events. Although he may never win a UFC title, UFC President Dana White expects that Chael will continue in that role, and possibly even cover sports other than MMA:
“I don’t think he’s patterning himself after me,” White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following the post-event news conference for UFC 159. “I think he’s a very smart guy and he sees a lot of opportunity in the sport, and he really is seizing a lot of opportunities in the sport. I like Chael. We like Chael in the company, and yeah – Chael’s going to stick around. He’s not going anywhere, no matter what he decides to do.”
White believes Sonnen eventually may wind up serving FOX in other roles, as well.
“FOX loves him,” White said. “He’s FOX’s No. 1 guy. I think this guy is going to cross over into other sports, not just MMA. … I like Chael. I like him a lot – it’s hard not to like the guy.”