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Chael Sonnen makes move to 205, fighting Forrest Griffin in December

Former UFC middleweight title-contender Chael Sonnen is officially heading to the ranks of the light heavyweight division. Sonnen, while serving as a co-host for UFC Tonight, was asked by Kenny Florian who he would face next. Not wanting to allow the moment to pass, Sonnen announced his next bout involves an in-ring meeting with former 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin in December.

The card, though not yet officially revealed, is expected to take place December 29 from Las Vegas. Sonnen-Griffin would serve as the co-main event to a heavyweight title-match between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.

“This is a guy who’s beat everybody,” Sonnen said. ““I could go up to 205 and I could take Jon Jones’ belt away the same as I could take his candy on Halloween. He’s a little punk kid. I could snatch it away all I want. But there’s something to be said in sportsmanship about earning your shot and on 29th of December I’m gonna go through Forrest Griffin to do it.”

Sonnen said he has plenty of respect for Griffin, discussing his achievements in the sport. Griffin was one of the original winners of The Ultimate Fighter and scored the belt in a five-round thriller with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. The two fought once before in 2003 with Griffin submitting Sonnen with a Triangle Choke.

Both men competed last month at UFC 148 with Sonnen falling for a second time to middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Griffin narrowly outpoint Tito Ortiz.

Watch below for Sonnen’s announcement/take on the matter:


  • stone says:

    Sonnen said. “i could go up to 205 and take Jon Jones’ belt away”….. DAMN, even Sonnen is counting Hendo out…..LoL

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  • Creature says:

    This should be very interesting.. I will take Sonnen by UD in a good competitive fight.

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  • stone says:

    I heard Diaz vs Bendo & Shogun vs Gustafson & Penn vs Rory are all booked for Fox 5……any confirmation on that?

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  • Rece Rock says:

    even if he beats Forest an immediate title fight afterwards isn’t happening

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I thought Chael said that he was moving to 200 to fight someone he had no respect for a few weeks ago? I guess that was all smoke?

    It shouldn’t Rece, but you never know with the UFC anymore, Chael is a name who can talk his way into a title fight

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  • Rece Rock says:

    yeah AO your right- stranger things have happened in the UFC…

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    *off topic because this is a new/active topic* Did you guys hear about Reza Madadi? He jumped in to save a 1 yr old after he fell off a pier and his father jumped in after the kid, then Madadi jumped in to help.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Another smart maneuver by Chael. He catches Forrest on the downside of his career (seriously, when’s the last time you watched Forrest fight and came away impressed?), but at the same time Forrest is a guy every casual fan of the sport is familiar with. Chael can talk about the fact he’s going to beat a former champion of the division that even the great Jon Jones hasn’t beaten; it makes for perfect Chael rhetoric.

    And tossing Chael into the LHW mix can only help provide more options. Cuz right now there’s not much on the horizon for Jones if he gets by Hendo.

    The winner of Shogun-Gustafsson will have to be next in line for a title shot

    But after that, you’ve got Glover Teixeira who will hopefully thrust himself into the mix sooner than later, starting by KO’ing Rampage, but until that happens he’s sort of in that ‘Hector Lombard territory’ as an intriguing but unproven commodity.

    So in theory Chael could earn a title shot with only a couple of wins.

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  • MCM says:

    Chael Sonnen is a legit top 10 fighter. People hate him and always try to tarnish his record or say he talks himself into fights, but the guy wins. And he consistently does it over top competition.

    That said, I think what he said is absolutely correct. You have to EARN your shot in the division, you don’t get to walk in from another division and fight a top 5 opponent or for the title (are you paying attention Vitor?) . Now Forrest may be on the downside of his career, and he’s definitely not at Chael’s level currently, but he’s a great intro fight into the division. (Better than James Irving anyway.) And if Chael can’t hang with Forrest he has no business being at 205. I was hoping to see Chael fight Rashad, or even better Rampage, but this is a great fight for both guys.
    I’ll personally be rooting for Forrest, but as long as it’s a good fight, I’m happy either way.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Chaels’ TRT is superior to Forest’s TRT.

    Seriously though, Forrest has zero ways to win this fight IMO. Forrest isn’t going to KO / TKO Chael, as his last win via stoppage was his RNC over Shogun …. in 2007.

    Yes, Forest beat him the first time they fought ages ago. At this point in their careers, Forrest is probably one fight (this one) away from retirement, while Chael still has some years left in him.

    More specifically, if Forrest barely beat Tito Ortiz then on what planet does he have a chance against Chael? Especially when Sonnen doesn’t even have to do a harsh weight cut this time…

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Well I don’t think either guy has much chance of finishing the other, so it’ll likely come down to a grind fest with lots of clinching & plenty of ground work, in a decision that could go either way. Given the way Forrest has looked for literally the past 4 years now, I’ll probably pick Chael. But Forrest being the bigger dude with a few inches of height & reach could use that to his advantage and potentially wear on Chael… that is, if Forrest can manage to get his conditioning back in order himself.

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  • RicM says:

    ….Chael vs. Forrest…..the king of WWE trash talk vs. the King of Bat-shit crazy talk…..I just can’t pick a winner here…

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