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Chael Sonnen moving back to middleweight after match-up with Mauricio Rua

Chael Sonnen moving back to middleweight after match-up with Mauricio Rua

With the belt off Anderson Silva, UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen is ready to dip back down to 185 pounds where he initially emerged as one of the top fighters in the division before giving 205 a go. The smack-spewing grappler confirmed his plans on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight, pointing to a pair of opponents he hopes to face after his meeting with Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26.

“There are 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,” said Sonnen. “The landscape has completely changed. I’ve got a new contract and I’m returning to the weight class.”

Sonnen’s freshly-inked deal is for five fights.

The 27-13-1 Sonnen has called out both Brazilians before with each expressing similar interest in an eventual showdown based on a slew of personal insults sent in their direction. Outside of his losses to “The Spider”, Sonnen was 5-1 in the Octagon as a middleweight including victories over Brain Stann, Yushin Okami, and Michael Bisping.