Chael Sonnen Signs New UFC Contract, Intends to Drop Back to Middleweight After Shogun

July 24, 2013
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Chael SonnenChael Sonnen has a light heavyweight bout on tap with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, but after that, he’s headed back to middleweight.

Sonnen moved up to light heavyweight to coach opposite Jon Jones on The Ultimate Fighter and then challenge him for his belt at UFC 159. Sonnen failed in his attempt to win the title, but agreed to another bout at 205 pounds to help launch the new Fox Sports 1 network on Aug. 17.

After that, with a new contract in hand, he’ll be dropping back down to middleweight.

“I’ll return to middleweight after beating Shogun,” said Sonnen on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight. “There’re two guys I want to get matched up with: Vitor Belfort, because he’s awesome and he’s on an incredible roll. And Wanderlei Silva, who I’ve heard is going back to middleweight.

“The landscape has completely changed. I’ve got a new contract and I’m returning to the weight class.”

Sonnen’s new contract is a five-fight deal that should keep the 36-year-old in the UFC for at least the next couple of years.

Along with the new contract and pending move to middleweight, Sonnen also has a new training camp, surprisingly with one of the top contenders in the 185-pound division.

“I’ve moved to Southern California and am training at Reign with Mark Munoz,” he declared. “My new contract, which is a five-fight deal, was finalized today.”

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Sounds good to me! Shogun sucks!

    • Real Cereal Killer

      Cereal killer your a little b!$&@ I will destroy you if we ever meet! You online pus!

    • Werdoomb

      anyone that is a fan of Sonnen but not a fan of Shogun is, I must say, a TUF noob.

      Probably didn’t even know who Chael was prior to him joining the UFC.

      I remember Chael’s fight against Yushin Okami. I was watching that fight with bunch of UFC noobs. One noob goes, “dude, they brought a japanese can to the UFC?” referring to Okami, of course, not knowing who he is. Then these noobs start saying sh*t like “his Shonan (yes, pronounced it like this) guy sucks. He is fighting a nobody.”

      But the same people, a year later, were hugging Sonnen’s balls.

      • fsunoles10

        i like how you start off your comment with a dumb comment and then go on to write a long explanation trying to validate your dumb comment. you’re pretty much telling people they have to be a shogun fan if they’re a sonnen fan otherwise they’re clueless about the sport, you my friend sound like the nut hugger in the equation.

  • Pablo

    Shogun will ko Sonnen or submit him Wanderlei will do the same and Vitor will get humped by Sonnen. Styles make fights!

    • Maddawgmar

      How do you say Wanderlei KO’s Sonnen and Vitor doesn’t? Vitor’s stand up is better than Wandy’s. I say out of the three, Vitor is the one he’ll lose too. Shogun will get taken down a la Forrest Griffin.

      • Werdoomb

        First, Wandy won’t KO Sonnen at 185. Maybe at 205.

        Second, if Wandy can KO Sonnen so can Vitor, who is in a much healthier shape than Wandy.

        Third, Shogun will destroy Sonnen.

        Fourth, in the Forrest fight Shogun didn’t worry about getting taken down. He was too confident about his BJJ skills. The dude was coming off of a leg lock win for christ’s sake and thought of Forrest as a stepping stone Uncle Dana laid out for him. He didn’t get taken down that much, although the ending of the fight began with a take down.

        Fifth, while Shogun’s takedown defense is not the best, he does have an awesome helicopter sweep.

        • Maddawgmar

          First you didn’t read my post.

          Second you should really read the posts and understand them before you comment.

          Third my point was Vitor would KO Sonnen before Wandy, yet I don’t think they will. But only Vitor would win IMO.

          Fourth Shogun is a shell of his former self and I think Sonnen will take him down rather easily.

      • Ian Price

        I think Chael is favored against all of those guys. Outside of Andy and Chris, only a top-level wrestler like Munoz can match well with Chael at 85. Hey, look where Chael just went to train with…. Probably because he knows he’ll be facing Weidman soon!

  • solo

    Luke Rockhold vs Tim Boetsch slated for UFC 166

  • Timothy Malone

    The question is if he is doing this because Silva is no longer champion and therefore whether he intends to be a contender again. I don’t think he can beat Weidman either, but he has better odds than a Jones rematch.

    • fsunoles10

      chael would out wrestle weidman, he’s got a good ground game but what can he do off his back? we’re yet to see.

      • toom

        I’m pretty sure he’s one some bjj tourneys and we all know how chaels submission defense is

      • shakejunt

        chris drops him standing and then subs him. chael is good for sure, but he’s just not complete enough to hang with the new breed.

  • Mike

    I really like Chael and would love to see him match up with both Belfort and Silva. Don’t see another title shot for him though.

    • MMAfan74

      He needs to string a couple wins together to get that shot, one being Belfort and that should happen to keep these guys busy till Silva/Weidman 3 happens because it will. If Belfort wins theres no denying him his shot. Chael needs another win though if he can best Belfort

    • Marcus Miles

      I would love to see him against belfort. If cheal beats the top guys in the division with a new champ with the crown, cheal will get another shot. I would also like to see him against rockhold or munoz as well.

      • Ian Price

        I don’t think there’s anyone at middleweight who’s favored vs Chael except for Anderson and Weidman. Maybe Vitor. We’ll see. I have a feeling Chael can finish Vitor in a 5 round fight. He’ll just take his ass down and punch him moderately for 5 rounds. Vitor should gas by round 4, as Vitor has never faced anyone with the pace of Chael. But Vitor can also KO anyone at anytime, as we’ve seen.

    • Collideoverme

      Why not? Faber can do it…why not Chael?

  • james j

    Chael, take a clue from Stann…. Retire guy.

    • Ian Price

      You can’t ask a guy to retire who has not lost to anyone not on the top 3 p4p list in quite a while. But yes, if he get beat up by a slightly old and washed up Shogun, yeah I’d retire.

  • fsunoles10

    i called it as soon as weidman won the title.