Chael Sonnen Will Go Through Forrest Griffin on Dec. 29th to Get to Jon Jones

Former two-time UFC middleweight title contender, Chael Sonnen has announced that he is moving to the 205 pound division to take on former champion, Forrest Griffin on December 29th, on his way to a title shot in light heavyweight division.

Sonnen, speaking via MMAJunkie, said:

“A number of years ago, I fought with a guy who turned out to become a very good friend of mine, and I lost the match. Since becoming friends and competitors with him, I’ve also become a fan. I watched him win the world championship. I watched him etch his name in stone as a guaranteed future Hall of Famer. … He’s the one guy Jon Jones hasn’t fought. He’s beat two world champions in his last three outings.”

“”I get very frustrated that Forrest’s name is left out of the conversation. This is a guy who’s beat everybody, and he’s never been in the talks to fight Jon Jones. He’s coming off a fight with Tito Ortiz, one of the most decorated light heavyweights of all time – a Hall of Famer. They go out and have a ‘Fight of the Night,’ an awesome performance, and still, he gets overlooked.”

“I could go up to 205 and I could take Jon Jones’ belt the same as I could take his candy on Halloween – a little punk kid, I’d snatch it away all I want. But there’s something to be said in sportsmanship for earning your shot. And on the 29th of December, I’m going to go through Forrest to do it.”

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