Many people were surprised when Chael Sonnen was granted a UFC light heavyweight title shot and coaching position opposite current champion Jon Jones on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, but his latest career move shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
UFC president Dana White has often said that Fox executives love Sonnen on camera, and they backed that up by signing him to become the newest member of the UFC Tonight line-up on Fuel TV.
Sonnen on Jan. 29 will join Kenny Florian, Leeann Tweeden, and Ariel Helwani as regular cast members.
UFC Tonight played a message from Sonnen on Tuesday night’s show to announce his addition as only Sonnen could:
“I was offered 60 Minutes, I was offered The Today Show, I was offered The Tonight Show, they even told me they would change the name to The Chael Sonnen Show if I signed on to any of those sinking ships. The X Factor said I could judge and compete in the competition at the same time, but I have signed on the only dotted line with the only show that mattered. I am going to join you in two weeks on January 29 on Fuel TV for UFC Tonight. I am going to bring the wisdom and the wit and we are going to sit side-by-side. You are going to be with the often-imitated, never-duplicated.”
UFC Tonight is the official weekly news and information show of the UFC, broadcast on Fuel TV, one of the Fox family of networks.