Despite successes against the likes of Nate Marquardt, Shogun Rua, Michael Bisping, Yushin Okami, and Brian Stann, he was unable to dethrone Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. Following his victory over Shogun Rua at 205 pounds, Sonnen accepted an unexpected offer to face friend and co-worker Rashad Evans at UFC 167, the promotion’s 20th Anniversary event… he lost.
The loss doesn’t sit well, and left Sonnen saying that he is likely to go back down to 185 pounds.
Of course, his next few months in the company are already determined, as he is headed to Brazil to coach opposite his nemesis, Wanderlei Silva, on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brasil, and then the two will fight following the show’s televised run.
But following Sonnen’s loss to Evans, when UFC president Dana White was asked if he felt Sonnen should go back down to middleweight, he left the door wide open for one of his favorite employees.
“Chael’s in a position where Chael can do whatever the hell Chael wants to do.”