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