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Chael Sonnen’s return to middleweight fueled by fight with Wanderlei Silva

Chael Sonnen’s return to middleweight fueled by fight with Wanderlei Silva

This weekend UFC star Chael Sonnen (27-13-1) will enter the Octagon as a light heavyweight for what will likely be the last time of his career, as the seasoned grappler decided he wanted to return to middleweight where he’d found the bulk of his success after a brief flirtation with 205 pounds. While it would seem Sonnen’s interest could have something to do with Chris Weidman’s win over former divisional king Anderson Silva, the 36-year old recently revealed his motivation to move back down isn’t related to the title so much as a different tilt.

“I’ve been chasing Wanderlei Silva for a long time. Every time the UFC asks him to fight me he says no. And every time the media asks him he just can’t wait to fight me, can’t get in there quick enough,” explained Sonnen in an interview with MMAFighting at the open workouts for UFC Fight Night 26. “I don’t want give him any way out. I just want him to say he doesn’t want to do the fight and that’s good enough for me. He likes to talk tough and subtitle it weeks later. I like to speak clearly and directly and I will follow him anywhere to any venue in any country at any weight-class.”

That being said, Sonnen still doesn’t believe “The Axe Murderer” will accept his challenge, saying a showdown with Vitor Belfort seems more likely based on Silva’s past behavior. Still, he will at least have a chance to make a statement to Silva on Saturday night when he faces fellow Chute Boxe alumnus Mauricio Rua in the main event at UFC Fight Night 26.

The 35-12-1 Silva hasn’t fought since knocking out Brian Stann in March. The win marked the 25th knockout of his career, adding to a list featuring similar finishes against the likes of Keith Jardine, Cung Le, and Quinton Jackson.

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  • MCM says:

    If Chael beats Shogun I think it more likely he fights Vitor. If he loses to Shogun I say he fights Wandy.

    Vitor keeps talking about being the #1 guy at MW, but Chael has more wins over higher ranked opponents than Vitor does and he did a shit ton better against Anderson too. Chael was the rightful #2 in the division when he left it and a win of Shogun should put him right back in the top 5.

    And in Wandy’s defense, Chael turned HIM down once, but I think that’s when he was like 1-4 in the UFC.

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Either way i am listening to rhymin and stealin getting ready to attend the Boston madness that is yet to come-San Fran tatted Native statin that no matter what happens in the main event-both of them will have job security and will probably get fight of the night because once Chael P gets Shogun on his back is when Shogun will put his feet to Chaels hips and either lift off and seperate or go to switching to dominate half guard

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  • BiG BaD BuLL says:

    I’m a huge fan of Sonnen’s, but I gotta be honest: Chael might be blowing air out his ass on this one. I can’t see Wandy running away from anyone, ever…like, in the history of man. Regardless, it’s a fight I’d love to see. Chael runs his mouth a lot (and I for one find it very entertaining) but he can back it up, too.

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  • SBERG says:

    It doesn’t matter what Chael says and who he says it against….It sells. Whether it be PPV or just getting viewers to watch free broadcasts. He’s the best self promoter in the business hands down.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Aftrr chaels last 2 fights if rua knees him in the chest while hes on his back and the ref stops im gonna die laughing. After wandys fight with stan I would nt be talkin like that plus why piss off the brazilian guys that are heavy hitters? hes gonna end up knocked out.

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