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Becoming a light heavyweight could be in Chael Sonnen’s fighting future

Hey Brazil, have no fear; Chael Sonnen isn’t planning to retire anytime soon.

Sonnen, who upset just about the entire nation of Brazil in his build up to facing Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 148, doesn’t believe retirement is the answer right now.

Instead, Sonnen is thinking about making a switch to the light heavyweight ranks from middleweight. In fact, the outspoken Oregon-native debuted in the UFC at the weight, falling to Renato Sobral back in 2005.

“I love this sport and I would never want to retire,” said Sonnen, while appearing on UFC Tonight recently. “Physically I’m fine. Mentally I’m fine. Give me a couple of weeks to settle in and when you get in the sport that I am in, we will see. Anderson could retire any day now. And there is simply an option to start over by changing weight class. My mentors have done it and it could happen.”

Sonnen mentioned there being several big fights he could take at light heavyweight, including one with current division champion Jon Jones. He added that, “traditionally and historically, it is a good way to get a fresh start and start over (by switching weights).”

Sonnen was defeated via second round TKO by Silva, adding to a fifth round submission defeat he suffered back in 2010. In between, Sonnen topped Brian Stann and Michael Bisping, two regular members of the division’s Top-10.


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