Chael Sonnen Returns to UFC Light Heavyweight Division, Rematches Forrest Griffin Set on Dec. 29



Chael Sonnen is headed back to the light heavyweight division to face a familiar foe.

The former two-time UFC middleweight title contender announced on Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” that he will return to competition on Dec. 29 at UFC 155 against former 205-pound titlist Forrest Griffin. The pair first met in September 2003, with Griffin earning a first-round submission victory via triangle choke.

“Many years ago, I fought with a gentleman, and I lost. I became a fan of him; I saw him win a championship. I saw him etch his name in stone as a hall of famer,” said Sonnen. “He is the one guy Jon Jones hasn’t beaten, and on Dec. 29, Forrest Griffin and I will figure this out. That fight will be at light heavyweight. There is something to be said about earning your spot in the sport, and on Dec. 29, I am going to do that.”

Sonnen, 35, has won five of his last seven bouts. Following an ill-fated three-fight stint with the UFC from 2005 to 2006, the Oregonian returned to the Octagon in 2009, earning wins over Dan Miller, Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt to earn a shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva. After submitting to a Silva triangle choke in 2010, Sonnen posted two more wins to earn another crack at “The Spider.” Unfortunately for the Team Quest rep, he would once again fall to Silva, losing via technical knockout at UFC 148 last month.

Griffin, 33, also last competed at UFC 148, sending former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz into retirement via unanimous decision at the July 7 event. The victory marked both Griffin’s third win in four fights and his second victory out of three meetings with Ortiz. The original “Ultimate Fighter” winner, Griffin is a 15-time UFC veteran and has earned 10 of his 19 career wins by either knockout or submission.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 26 days ago
  • 116 views

Former UFC superstar, Chael P. Sonnen disscusses contract details, thoughts on Wanderlei Silva's aggressive stance with the UFC, nostalgia and whether he'll be crossing over to provide commentary for read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 75 views

It's the one that got away. After years of back-and-forth jibber jabber, the one grudge match mixed martial arts (MMA) fans never got to see was the middleweight showdown between ex-Ultimate Fighting read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 39 views

Forrest Griffin spoke about the newly announced Reebok UFC uniforms and talks about its benefits for fighters. Shortly after the monumental UFC-Reebok partnership, Zuffa has released footage with For read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 4 views

Former three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen feels that middleweight contender Tim Kennedy has complained about his latest loss against Yoel Romero for far too long and it's time to move on. O read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 88 views

UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy begs to differ with Chael Sonnen’s opinion that he’s “one cranky and bitter son of a b–ch” about a loss to Yoel Romero.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 68 views

Chael Sonnen recently took a few shots at Tim Kennedy regarding his last UFC fight, and unsurprisingly, Kennedy didn't take too kindly to the statement. Chael Sonnen may be retired, but that's not go read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 636 views

ESPN MMA analyst and former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen spoke to MMAmania.com about CM Punk signing with UFC. He said it would "make no sense to give him a bottom-tier guy" as his first opponent an read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 views

Phil "CM Punk" Brooks held a UFC 181 press conference to talk about his UFC signing, Chael Sonnen's copying of him, and following in Brock Lesnar's MMA footsteps. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

The UFC on Friday announced that a light heavyweight bout between top contenders Phil Davis and Ryan Bader would join the UFC on FOX 14 roster in Stockholm. read news >>