Chael Sonnen Not Retiring, Calls Out Wanderlei Silva

Written by Tom Ngo
April 30th, 2013

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen (pictured) made two announcements and one call out during this week’s edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” – all in a night’s work for Uncle Chael.

Just three days after getting steamrolled by reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones at UFC 159, Sonnen confirmed he will in fact continue his controversial career and remain in the 205-pound division for the time being. He also took the time to put bitter rival Wanderlei Silva on blast.

“I’ll fight at 205 [pounds],” Sonnen stated. “I’m not retiring. I’m 36 years old. I have a lot of goals and I’m not going to reach them if I retire. I don’t have a lot of options at 185. I’ve fought everyone in the top 10, including the champion a couple of times.

“So I moved up to 205, but I lost to the champ and it wasn’t a competitive enough match to warrant another chance. So what do I do? It was a lot better experience not having to get the weight off. I’ll give up the size, but have a smile on my face.”

Apparently, nothing will bring Sonnen more joy than a shootout with “The Axe Murderer.”

“Wanderlei called me out before, but the fight never made sense. Now it does,” Sonnen added. “I’m not going anywhere until me and Wanderlei straighten this thing out once and for all. Wanderlei pulled a dirt bag move on me one time. He said something to me that I couldn’t hear and then put it on YouTube with subtitles because he knew I couldn’t understand it and called me out.

“If you’re a fighter, that doesn’t fly. You must respond to him and I’m ready to respond to you Wanderlei.”

Sonnen and Silva’s beef dates back to 2010, which appears to have ignited in the infamous shuttle ride Sonnen is referencing. They’ve been exchanging pleasantries ever since.

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