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Chael Sonnen back in the gym, wants bout before year’s end

Chael Sonnen back in the gym, wants bout before year’s end

UFC money-weight Chael Sonnen has done everything in his power to pick a fight with Wanderlei Silva but can’t seem to score an actual scrap with “The Axe Murderer”. As such, whether for financial reasons or other unknown factors, no paperwork has been inked and Sonnen is still without a match-up on the immediate horizon.

Sonnen spoke to MMAJunkie about his immediate future, confirming he still wants to get back in the Octagon before the end of the year but has no idea who he’ll ultimately be squaring off against.

“I don’t have any opponent,” said Sonnen after stating he’d compete at 185 pounds or 205 pounds based on the bout’s requirements. “I just got out of the ring exactly one week ago, so I started back for practice today. It was my first time breaking a sweat, and from here on, I’m back at it.”

The 36-year old showman pointed to UFC 167 (11/16) and UFC 168 (12/28) as the two shows he’s targeting with a particular emphasis on the former, also the 20th anniversary of the UFC’s first event. He holds an overall record of 28-13-1 and is coming off perhaps the biggest win of his career in the form of an opening round submission of Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 26. In terms of opponents, Sonnen didn’t mention any candidates other than to say he was waiting for a few cards to unfold before considering who to call out.

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