Chael Sonnen will be moving up from 185 pounds to face former UFC light heavyweight Champion Forest Griffin at 205 where he says he can “find the road back to a championship,” he told The Post on Tuesday.
Sonnen goes on to say to UFC Tonight:
“That’s what I’d like to do, but I don’t know if that idea is gonna go anywhere.
These things change with a drop of a hat. I’d like to go to 205, but it’s being met with a lot of resistance [from the UFC].”
He says at light heavyweight,
“I’ll have my motivation. If not, I’ll be in a soul-searching spot.”
“A change is always nice. You do the same thing over and over, you’re always looking for change.
185 is the toughest weight class out there. We sent our champion [Silva] up to face their [former] champion, Forrest Griffin (in 2009). It lasted 93 seconds.
There’s no debate to what the toughest weight class is. They used to have a karate guy [Lyoto Machida] that was champion at that weight.”
Ideally, Sonnen says, his next opponent would be light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Jones is defending his title opposite Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas. Sonnen and Henderson trained together with Team Quest.
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“I don’t think there’s gonna be much left of Jones when Dan Henderson gets done with him.
“If there’s anything left of him, I’d be happy to play cleanup.”