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Chael Sonnen to Face Forrest Griffin in December | UFC NEWS


Longtime UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen will be testing the waters at 205 lbs. when he takes on light heavyweight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December.

Sonnen announced the fight as a guest on “UFC Tonight” on Tuesday. The “American Gangster” is coming off a loss to UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 148 last month, while Griffin bested Tito Ortiz for the second time on the same card.

“I’ve watched him win the world championship,” Sonnen said. “I’ve watched him etch his name in stone as a guaranteed future Hall of Famer. You and I and the whole world together watched him be a large part of creating and changing the industry that we have today. He’s one guy Jon Jones hasn’t fought. He’s beat two world champions in his last three outings, and on December 29th, I will be taking on Forrest Griffin.”

While Griffin is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Sonnen has never held a belt in the promotion. But to his credit, Sonnen gave Anderson Silva far more trouble in two bouts at 185 lbs. than Griffin did when he suffered a devastating KO defeat to Silva at UFC 101 in 2009. Still, Sonnen is showing Griffin respect.

“I get very frustrated that Forrest’s name is left out of the conversation. This is a guy whose beat everybody. He’s never even been in talks to fight Jon Jones. He’s coming off a fight with Tito Ortiz, one of the most decorated light heavyweights of all time and a Hall of Famer. They go out, have a ‘Fight of the Night,’ an awesome performance, and still he gets overlooked.”

Sonnen and Griffin met once before at IFC: Global Domination in 2003. That night, Griffin got the best of Sonnen, winning via submission with, of all things, a triangle choke.

But both men have advanced their careers significantly in the nine years since, and after two losses to Silva, Sonnen is looking to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a world champion by beating Griffin and hopefully getting a shot at UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Not surprisingly, Sonnen wasn’t shy in discussing Jones.

“Sure I could go up to 205 and I could take Jon Jones’ belt away the same as I could take his candy on Halloween,” Sonnen said. “He’s a little punk kid; I could snatch it away all I want. But there’s something to be said in sportsmanship for earning your shot, and on the 29th of December, I’m going to go through Forrest to do it.”

When asked about Jones’ recent deal with Nike, Sonnen added that the sports apparel company “has a history of signing dorks.”

The lingering questions are: Can Sonnen be as competitive at 205 lbs. as he has been at 185 lbs.? Will he ever win a world championship in the UFC?

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33 Comments to Chael Sonnen to Face Forrest Griffin in December | UFC NEWS

  1. bobby says:

    well, looks like sonnen just signed his own execution, by the way i know people are gonna hate sonnen for talking smack about jones but remember that he is doing it for sales and that he will make an extra 100k just because of his talk, and i don’t think he cares what some bunch of people on the internet think about him,you can obviously see that he is already starting to hype this fight, and jon jones is a fake punk, he says god gave him is powers and calls himself a christian yet he leaves his 2 little kids while they are sleeping to go crash his Bentley full of strippers while drunk, fuck this guy

    • Greg says:

      I wasn’t with you until you got to the Jon Jones criticism, Bobby. That I can agree with. We all make mistakes, but JJ acts holier than thou and like an asshole.

    • get the money says:

      thank god, sonnen has a new target to verbally assault (jbj), and pretty much tell it how it is.
      i could care less what the haters (and jbj nuthuggers) have to say on the internet.
      i look forward to the sonnen hype train. always funny and purely a promotional vehicle to make him more money. good for him.

    • Ryan says:

      Everybody makes mistakes so chill the f**k out….No one on this earth is perfect. I would say he’s handling his self very well if you take into regard how young he is to be in such a big spot life. #hater

  2. Thurgood Jenkins says:

    I’m looking forward to this fight.

  3. learntoread says:

    I think Forrest lost a lot of fans (myself included) after his juvenile antics post fight VS. Ortiz, I hope Sonnen smashes him.

  4. some dude says:

    Great fight for sonnen. Griffen is in for a long 15min.

  5. Clay says:

    If he wins he’ll stay light heavy

  6. Jader says:

    forrest is wayy to big for chael. I see this going like the 1st shogun fight.

  7. Pride > says:

    LOL maybe Forrest beat tito his last fight but it was a horrible perfomance .. Tito too xd. Tito AND Forrest are done and Chael will make Forrest finally retire –‘

  8. Xaninho says:

    Was the Ortiz-Griffin fight really Fight Of The Night?

  9. Chael is the hype master says:

    He shows Forrest respect, which is cool considering Forrest’s career. He slams JBJ, one of the most dominating mma fighters ever. All this results in people wanting to watch him, Sonnen, fight no matter who he is fighting. How does Chael figure stuff like this out? More power (and money) to him.

  10. birdcitybutcher says:

    I’ve always hated hated sonnen because of how far he took the hype with silva but I’m starting to come around. I would likee to see him at 205 and giving jones hell and even a sonnen v. Henderson fight would be intriguing considering they’re both excellent wrestlers and they’ll cancel each other out resulting in a slug fest( chaels stand up is improving despite the ridiculous back fist attempt on silva). I would even give chael the edge in the wrestling department. He hits the nail right on the head with his comments about jones. Wish his 205 debut would be someone other than forrest since he’s on his w atay out and proves nothing for chael at lhw. Sorry I’m kinda all of over the place just smoked a fat bowl nick diaz style

  11. Chaelisdead says:

    Sonnen really thinks he will get jones if he beats griffin?? Hahaha what a cunt this guy is the worst fighter i’ve seen in recent years.. All he does is grappling and his punches are as powerful as arianny’s. Comon dude u dont deserve a title shot even if u beat griffin who’s just an old monkey. Go fight machida shogun evans even rampage and u’ll prob get destroyed.. In fact even griffin could put u in retirement.. Just try one of ur amazing spinning backfist haha loser

  12. Me says:

    This is a real bad matchup for Sonnen, Forrest has good wrestling and a nasty guard. That being said I’m always looking forward to a Sonnen fight he is the P4P trash talking king. Also like the fact that he is fighting in his natural weight class. The December card is starting to look great :)

  13. Jonny Smithh says:

    If you really think Sonnen is the worst fighter you’ve seen in recent years then you really are an idiot. He owned one of the best pound for pound fighters 6 out of 7 rounds, and and lost the other due to a stupid back fist attempt.

    • Chaelisdead says:

      Yeah 5 of them with the testosterone of 16 men against a guy with a broken rib. The guy is only good at trash talkin he should be hugging wwe fighters and faking fights im sure he’d be good at that too

      • Jonny Smithh says:

        Well yeah he was juiced up but not as much as you’re making it out to be, he still put a hell of a beating down, and what about how dung he made Brian Stann look? to say he’s anything short of a great fighter is false.

      • ZC says:

        @Chaelisdead

        Are you really that dumb? Yeah, he had elevated levels of testosterone, but do you really think ANY athletic commission would let someone fight with a broken rib? Especially at the highest level of competition in a sport that revolves around physical combat?

        Sonnen broke Silva’s rib. It wasn’t broken before the fight. Dana White even said himself that it would have been virtually impossible for Silva to have slipped through medical screenings with a broken rib.

        And I’m just about tired of the steroid talk, you people just throw that out there like you know what it means. He made 185 so obviously the steroids didn’t do too much for him. They cause you to get gassed faster also.

        All the roids did for him was cause him to be able to train harder and recover faster. It wasn’t like Uberreem who put on 100+ pounds of solid muscle in 6-10 months. So ignorant.

  14. Mike b says:

    I was hoping he would go up in weight.cant wait to see this.

  15. Dante Niro says:

    hmmm should be Sonnen vs Griffin 2 .. being that forrest already subbed Chael via … yup u guessed it TRiangle hahah … should be a better fight this time around though, last time wasnt in the UFC. december card seems like a good one in the making

  16. T.DADDY says:

    Sonnen will smash forrest.. then he will smash bones.. then he will move back to MW and retire silva… American Gangster allday bitches!

  17. Mike b says:

    I think this was a good move for chael,cause the fans wanna see him compete at 205,I know I do.I think he’ll do good tho,let’s see if he can back up his fucking smak talk when he said he thought that the 205 lb division is a joke,I think he will……

  18. Willie says:

    These dumbass people who really think sonnen stands a chance against jbj are fucking morons. First off, the reason forest hasn’t been in the talks about fighting jbj is because he himself that would be stupid of him. he said himself he doesn’t want another ass beating like he got from the goat anderson silva. lastly, sonnen can’t out muscle jbj and nore can he take him down… i pray they give him the fight though… it will be christmas the day they serve him up to jbj so he can retire fail sonnen’s bitch ass.

  19. DEE says:

    Chael talks that stuff butt Jon Jones would give him the biggest butt kicking he ever had. LOL THE guy is an idiot.

  20. joe says:

    Chael will win in devastating fashion…but it won’t be enough to get a title shot. Forrest is at the end of his career. Lyoto is the only one who has a real chance

  21. JJHC says:

    He talks shit about Jones because his good friend and mentor Dan Henderson is fighting him. How has no one came to this realisation yet? He is trying to play mind games with him to distract him from his upcoming fight. Jones would be better off getting off social media because he is a little sensitive princess.

  22. Troy boy says:

    He talks shit about Jones because his good friend and mentor Dan Henderson is fighting him. How has no one came to this realisation yet? He is trying to play mind games with him to distract him from his upcoming fight. Jones would be better off getting off social media because he is a little sensitive princess.

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