UFC loud mouth Chael Sonnen has a new UFC contract and now has plans to jump back down to the middleweight division after facing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in his next fight.
Sonnen will face Rua at UFC on FOX Sports 1 on August 17th and then the former middleweight title contender will make the move seeking bouts against two specific opponents.
Sonnen was on UFC Tonight this week and spoke about what he intends to do:
“I’ll return to middleweight after beating Shogun,” said Sonnen. “There’re two guys I want to get matched up with: Vitor Belfort, because he’s awesome and he’s on an incredible roll. And Wanderlei Silva, who I’ve heard is going back to middleweight. The landscape has completely changed. I’ve got a new contract and I’m returning to the weight class.”
“I’ve moved to Southern California and am training at Reign with Mark Munoz. My new contract, which is a five-fight deal, was finalized today.”
Sonnen has lost his last two fights, both title shots, against then middleweight champion Anderson Silva and most recently against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.