Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson have been part of Team Quest for years, the latter even being a founding member of the respected training center. And, when Henderson recently pulled out of his UFC 151 bout with Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White said Sonnen had offered to step in. Though some fans and media members were quick to assume that meant Sonnen had been training with Henderson the whole time, and Jones’ coaches echoed their sentiments, according to Sonnen’s manager (Mike Roberts) that wasn’t the case at all.
“Chael has not put on a pair of gloves since he took the ones off the night he fought Anderson Silva. He has not trained one day other than some light jogs around the neighborhood,” Roberts told MMAWeekly.
“Chael was talking about Jon because Jon is the 205-pound champion and that is where Chael is shooting for; that’s who he wants to fight,” elaborated Roberts.
While Jones has since been booked to face Vitor Belfort at UFC 152, it appears Sonnen doesn’t think Belfort will make it to the event and will be waiting anxiously for his phone to ring again leading up to the scheduled scrap.
“Right now he’s just not sure if Belfort will show up to fight. For whatever reasons of his own, he thinks that. You’ve got to assume Belfort is going to show up and move forward from there. That’s really where we’re at,” explained Roberts.
As it stands now, Sonnen will be facing Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 on December 29 in Las Vegas.
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