Despite all the heat between he and Anderson Silva leading up to their rematch at UFC 148 last week, Chael Sonnen has been rather subdued following his second-round TKO loss to the champion.
Many people have interpreted Sonnen’s more reserved attitude as him pulling back from the fight game. Questions immediately soared his way about everything from retirement to following Brock Lesnar to the WWE.
Sonnen quickly shot down all of those rumors, but on Thursday night’s edition of UFC Tonight, he stirred the pot a little, explaining his outlook on retirement and fueling the fires of speculation with some chatter of his own.
“I love this sport and I would never want to retire. My coach Clayton will be the one that retires me based on my results and productivity in practice,” said Sonnen.
“I could have easily defeated (Anderson Silva). Physically I’m fine; mentally I’m fine. Give me a couple of weeks to settle in and when you get in the spot that I am in, we will see. Anderson could retire any day now.”
But what will surely get people talking is what Sonnen had to say next, priming the pump for a possible jump up in weight classes.
“There is simply an option to start over by changing weight class. My mentors have done it and it could happen. I would go up to 205. Jon Jones. There are some great guys at 185, but traditionally and historically it is a good way to get a fresh start and start over.”
Sonnen has fought at light heavyweight in the past, but has spent the latter part of his career at middleweight.
Still, do the waters get any easier at 205? Sonnen went 0 for 2 against Anderson Silva; is he likely to fair better against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones?