Chael Sonnen Considers Move to UFC Light Heavyweight Division

Written by Tom Ngo
July 13th, 2012

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

As the old adage goes, ‘If you can’t beat ’em, leave ’em.’ At least that is Chael Sonnen’s (Pictured) mentality after getting finished by UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva for the second time in two years. On this week’s edition of FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight, Sonnen said he is considering a move to the light heavyweight division.

“Give me a couple of weeks,” Sonnen expressed. “I’m not trying to make any claims or put myself in any corner. 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 [pounds] – Jon Jones. There are some great guys at 185, and that’s not what it’s about, but traditionally and historically it is a good way to get a fresh start and start over.”

Sonnen has competed in the middleweight division for most of his controversial 15-year career. The last time the 35-year-old dabbled in the light heavyweight pond was in his Octagon debut which resulted in a loss to Renato “Babalu” Sobral at UFC 55.

Uncle Chael has fought exclusively in the middleweight class since the October 2005 defeat.

Although he came up short against Silva at UFC 117 and again at UFC 148, Sonnen is the only fighter who has made “The Spider” look human in the past six years.

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