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Chael Sonnen: “I will go back to 185 if I need to, but I don’t want to.”

UFC 159 PosterOne of the big knocks on Chael Sonnen going into this weekend’s title-fight with UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has been the disparity relating to each man’s physical proportions. While Sonnen is coming off an extended run at middleweight, Jones is one of the biggest 205ers on the organization’s roster and has even pointed to a future swim in the heavyweight pool.

However, though Sonnen is widely seen as a 185-pound fighter, the 36-year old spent a good amount of time competing in the light heavyweight division before signing with the UFC. And, according to Sonnen, he wouldn’t mind ending his career there either.

“I will go back to 185 if I need to, but I don’t want to. I never wanted to be at that weight class,” revealed Sonnen this week on The Opie and Anthony Show. “I always wanted to be at 205, but that’s where the contract came in at.”

Sonnen has 27 total wins on his record but lacks the same signature victories at 205 pounds as he owns at middleweight. Clearly, he will be looking to change that on Saturday night at UFC 159 when he faces “Bones” in a battle for promotional gold.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I got to thinking, and this is probably all wrong about Jones, but he made mention that if he beats Chael then he ties tito, and that after November he’s done with LHW and going to HW. Which sets him up for one more fight, I wonder if he’s just out to set the new title defenses record, then dropping the belt before someone beats him at LHW.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Im sure its for the record. He wants to beat the record then take the hw belt which I dont see him beating the likes of cain, jds, or overweem. If chaels considering dropping weight he must relize he gonna lose and if he does shouldnt he retire? After all he said if hes not champ hes done with mma and imo he ll never be champ.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I doubt Jones’ intention to move to HW has anything at all to do with any concern he has about losing at LHW. He seems to want to get the record for defenses and then move up so he can stop cutting weight, maybe put on some more muscle, etc..

    I fully expect him to move to HW and win the title within a few fights at that weight. He likely weighs 230 now, and will beef up when he starts training for HW. I look forward to seeing him fight Cain or JDS.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Right now I’d favor JBJ against any HW not named Cain.

    Jones has previously talked about fighting at ~240 lbs once he makes the switch to HW, which is only 10-15 lbs above his current normal weight.

    In other words, he’ll be right on par with guys like Cain & JDS in terms of weight, with a reach that matches Struve. I think he’ll do OK.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    If Jones moves up to HW, that will surely put a snag in the super fight with GSP.
    I never get tired of that one.
    Although Sonnen was humble and brilliant during this TUF season, I wish for JBJ to smash him into retirement .
    I don’t want no decision here, I want a clearcut bitchass beating.
    JBJ ,round 1 , TKO.


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