Chael Sonnen Open to Fights at 205; Wanted Rampage at UFC 130

April 14, 2011

If anyone has ever doubted Chael Sonnen’s sincerity when he says he’ll fight anyone, look no further than a request the middleweight contender made just a couple of months ago.

While Sonnen has been out of action since last August dealing with the fallout from a suspension stemming from a failed drug test at UFC 117, as well as time spent in the courtroom after being charged with Federal money laundering, the Oregonian has always had his eyes on the fight game.

“The thing about Chael is when he does all these interviews, and he sounds crazy when he says ‘I’ll fight any man God ever created.’ He’s telling the truth,” Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

The proof of Sonnen’s willingness to fight anybody: when Thiago Silva was first pulled from his scheduled bout against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130 in late May, it was Sonnen who immediately asked his manager to get him into that spot.

“When Rampage’s initial opponent went down before all this fiasco was going on, before Hamill stepped in to take the fight, when that went down I was with Chael and he was like ‘I’d love to fight Rampage.’ And I was like, ‘but you’re at 185-pounder’ and he was like, ‘I’d fight him in a heartbeat,'” Roberts revealed.

Sonnen actually spent a part of his career fighting at 205 pounds, and even told his management that if current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva decided to test the waters at light heavyweight again, he’d be just as happy to have their rematch at that weight.

“Fighting big fights at 205 would not be a problem for him,” Roberts commented.

Sonnen’s next fight will more than likely keep him in the middleweight division, but when super fights at different weight classes are mentioned in the future, consider Chael Sonnen on the list of fighters who would accept the challenge.

“(Chael said) whoever they think is the toughest guy, that’s the guy I want,” Roberts said.

Before any super fights come up, however, Sonnen is currently focused on fixing things with the Nevada State Athletic Commission so he can get back to the business of fighting.


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