UFC Light Heavyweight Chael Sonnen was on the south end of a beat down in his title bout against current Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones this Saturday night in Newark, New Jersey. After the UFC 159 bout he said he was going to take some time to decide what he was going to continue to fight or not. Sonnen didn’t take much time, as he announced to the MMA world that he isn’t going anywhere. Sonnen said he wasn’t retiring, and also spoke about a possible matchup with Wanderlei Silva.
Chael Sonnen told UFC Tonight:
“I’ll fight at 205. I’m not retiring. I’m 36 years old. I have a lot of goals and I’m not going to reach them if I retire. I don’t have a lot of options at 185. I’ve fought everyone in the top 10, including the champion a couple of times. So I moved up to 205, but I lost to the champ and it wasn’t a competitive enough match to warrant another chance. So what do I do? It was a lot better experience, not having to get the weight off. I’ll give up the size, but have a smile on my face. I could be talked into going back down if that’s where the fights are. The landscape changes quickly. I think there will be a big shakeup on July 4th weekend when Weidman gets his hands on Anderson.”
Sonnen on if he’d like to fight Vitor Belfort or Wanderlei Silva:
“Wanderlei called me out before, but the fight never made sense. Now it does. I’m not going anywhere until me and Wanderlei straighten this thing out once and for all. Wanderlei pulled a dirt bag move on me one time. He said something to me that I couldn’t hear, and then put it on YouTube with subtitles because he knew I couldn’t understand it and called me out. If you’re a fighter, that doesn’t fly. You must respond to him, and I’m ready to respond to you Wanderlei.”
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