Speaking from his TV job as an analyst for FUEL TV at the post-UFC 158 show, "The American Gangster" expressed his belief that Jake Ellenberger, not Johny Hendricks, should be the next challenger to Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title (transcription via Yahoo! Sports).
"I will see your power of Johny Hendricks, and I will raise you three extra knockouts in the first round by Jake Ellenberger," Sonnen said. "And yes, Hendricks has been on fire, but he has not done the work that Ellenberger has done, and he has not beat the guys that Ellenberger's beat ... He is fantastic. I will not take a thing away from Johny Hendricks, but to overlook 'The Juggernaut,' who's been in there against top contenders in Carlos Condit, in Jake Shields, in Nate Marquardt, all who've fought for titles, to dismiss him is inappropriate."
While Ellenberger is ranked number four in the UFC's official rankings and is the winner of eight of his past nine fights, he has lost against all three opponents he has in common with Hendricks.
Ellenberger has lost a split decision to Condit, while "Big Rig" owns a split decision victory over "The Natural Born Killer."