Win or lose against Mauricio Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in their five-rounder, Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) has said, his next fight may very well take place back at middleweight. For anyone else, that might make this light heavyweight title pretty meaningless. It's not for a title or even to determine who'll get the next crack at one. It's two fighters coming off losses, one of whom does not even plan to remain in the division, and yet it's must-see TV because Sonnen says it is. Same with the next one and the next one after that, all of which Sonnen seems to be setting up for himself even before this one is over and done with.
"I always like to look past a guy," Sonnen explained. "It's a good way to not have to spend too much time thinking about the same guy, where you worry and grow stale."