Chael Sonnen has made up his mind. After weeks of speculation about whether he'd move up to 205 or continue on at middleweight, Sonnen announced on UFC Tonight on Fuel that he will be meeting former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at 205 on the last UFC card of the year. Here's the tweet:
Sonnen (27-12-1) is coming off a loss to Anderson Silva in their UFC middleweight title rematch on July 7th. After controlling the first round with his wrestling, he missed with a spinning backfist and was subsequently TKO'd. Chael used to fight at 205, but has competed as a middleweight for the last few years.
Griffin (19-7) competed on the same card, taking a close decision over Tito Ortiz in the the latter's retirement fight. He went loopy after the fight, taking off from the octagon and then coming back to conduct an awkward post-fight interview with Ortiz. UFC president Dana White has been vocal about wanting Griffin to retire, but clearly that's not the case.
The two men have met once before, on an IFC card almost nine years ago. Griffin submitted Sonnen with a triangle choke.
The UFC hasn't made any definitive statement on the bout as of yet, but if Chael is telling the truth (and I suspect he is), the bout might serve as the co-main event of the night. It is expected that Junior dos Santos will defend his UFC heavyweight title against former champ Cain Velasquez in the main event.
Watch the video after the jump where Sonnen talks about Forrest and trashes Jon Jones in the process.