Chael Sonnen’s latest run in the light-heavyweight division is apparently going to be short one, as the charismatic fighter has announced he’s returning to the middleweight division, after he fights “Shogun” Rua on August 17th. The 36 year-old announced his decision on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, alongside the news that he’s signed a new five fight deal with the promotion.
The former middleweight contender had this to say about his upcoming return to 185:
“I’ll return to middleweight after beating Shogun. 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.”
Sonnen also revealed that he is moving his camp to Lake Forest, California, to train at the renowned Reign MMA facility with middleweight contender Mark Munoz.
It’s difficult to argue with Sonnen’s decision, as although he’s probably not going to get tapped for a title shot anytime soon, if Weidman holds on to the belt for a while, you never know. If Sonnen could get a bout with Belfort and defeat the top ranked middleweight, then anything’s possible. Of course, the prospect of Sonnen fighting “The Axe Murderer” is also pretty intriguing stuff. In addition, while one can admire Sonnen for his willingness to compete with light-heavyweights, and fight a ridiculously talented and scary fighter like Jon Jones, he is physically better suited for middleweight.