Chael Sonnen Not Talking His Way into a UFC Light Heavyweight Title Shot

August 21, 2012
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Chael Sonnen at UFC 117“Sure I could go up to 205 and I could take Jon Jones’ belt away, the same as I could take his candy on Halloween. He’s a little punk kid. I could snatch it away all I want, but there’s something to be said in sportsmanship for earning your shot, and on the 29th of December, I’m going to go through Forrest to do it.”

Such are the words of one Chael P. Sonnen, former UFC middleweight title contender, and now, according to him at least, heir to the throne of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Jones, of course, first must past muster in his UFC 151 showdown with Sonnen’s friend Dan Henderson before Sonnen would even have a shot at him.

Sonnen, as well, has a fight on tap, squaring off with the original Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin.

But those two fights don’t hold all the answers if Sonnen is to get a crack at the UFC 205-pound belt. Just how close is the self-proclaimed “American Gangster” from West Linn, Ore., to another title shot?

“He’s a long way away,” UFC president Dana White revealed Tuesday morning on the Dave & Mahoney Show on X107.5 in Las Vegas. “He’s not coming off the Silva fight and just talking his way into a 205-pound world title shot.”

Although Griffin is a former UFC light heavyweight champion, he’s currently 3-3 in his six most recent fights in the Octagon. It’s going take even more than a victory over Griffin to put Sonnen into the challenger’s slot.

“He’s gonna have to beat a couple of the best in the world,” said White. “If he beats Forrest Griffin, we’ll shoot him right into the top five, let him fight some of those guys there, and we’ll see what happens.”

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  • zacharydetal

    I’m glad to hear Dana say that. Sonnen shouldn’t even be close to a title shot. Jon Jones would destroy him anyways. Even though Sonnen is entertaining, he still can’t finish fights.

    • Right even as a Chael fan, I’m glad Dana cleared it all up. It’s just exciting knowing that he’s fighting Griffin. Should be a great rematch.

    • cockrobin1

      I’m also glad to hear it.I said it few weeks back, this wanker thought he would do his usual **** talking as he did with Silva for months when it come to fight night what does he do only crawl into the fetal position like the cowardly **** he is,talk about an anti climax. Now he has to climb the ladder like everyone else. There be no short cuts this time my friend, he’ll have to face the likes Forest Griffin, Alan Belcher etc etc.

  • liver000

    I don’t think beating Forrest would put him in the top 5. I would love to see him fight James Tu Huna. Maybe those two wins would put him in the top 5.

    • MaritalArtist

      I think he should fight a top-5 after the Forrest fight. That should be a title eliminator and get the shot after Machida.

      • Triggerman99

        I think that’s what Dana meant. “Shoot him right into the top 5” meaning if he beats Forrest, he’ll fight a top 5 fighter.

  • MMAGod

    Beating Forrest puts you in the top 5? Isn’t this the same Forrest that Dana said should retire???? LMFAO at this nonsense.

    Just as I thought- Dana is going to give Sonnen an easier path than anyone else to a title shot in the LHW division. Dana, you are a joke!

    • Lesnardo

      I think what Dana was trying to say was that beating Forrest could lead to fighting top guys like Shogun, Lyoto, or Rashad. Obviously, Chael’s fandom, the staleness of the division, and Dana’s opinion of

      I think Chael has to destroy Forrest to get a shot at top 5 guys. A lukewarm UD or SD means that he has to fight and beat a top 10 guy to even be in the top 10.

  • dathump

    Everyone is talking like Sonnen already won. I am on board saying Forest has looked less then steller as of late, but Sonnen’s only method of attack is weak punch, takedown and hold, repeat if nessasary. Forest has a good ground game and submissions, and should be able to take Sonnens punch, plus has never lost by decision. I kinda wish Sonnen was bad mouthing Forest, it would be nice to see Griffin motivated for a change.

  • cockrobin1

    The thing is guys there always be politics in sport ( the secret bedfellows ) and sonnen being the quintessential white american will always have the back door left open for him, metaphorically speaking ofcourse.