The Return of Sonnen to UFC Light Heavyweight Division


Another fighter returns to a familiar weight division; is headed back to the light heavyweight division to face Forrest Griffin on December 29 at UFC 155. Sonnen is a former two-time UFC middleweight title contender; he has announced his return to competition on Tuesday at “UFC Tonight”.

Sonnen and Griffin met years ago in September 2003 however Griffin won after a first round submission choke. Sonnen commented on the match0up: “Many years ago, I fought with a gentleman, and I lost. I became a fan of him; I saw him in a championship. I saw him etch in stone as a hall of famer.” Sonnen also recalled that Griffin was the only fighter that Jon Jones has not beaten. He also expressed his joy on having the opportunity to fight Griffin in December. “That will be at light heavyweight. There is something to be said about earning your spot in the sport and on December 29, I am going to do that.”

Chael Sonnen is a fighter from Portland, Oregon, USA. He is currently a middleweight and has 27 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw in his career. His recent loss was against Anderson Silva at UFC 148, a headliner wherein Silva finished him with a knee to the body technical at only 1 minute and 55 seconds at round 2 of the match. This was his second loss to Silva; his first was at UFC 117 in another headliner. Silva then gave him a triangle armbar move to finish the fight in submission at 3 minutes and 10 seconds of the final round. But even with his dramatic losses to Silva, Sonnen has several impressive wins to take note of. He has beaten Michael Bisping, Brian Stann, Yushin Okami, Dan Miller and Nate Marquardt to name a few.

Forrest Griffin on the other hand is a fighter from Athens, Georgia, USA and currently competing at the light heavyweight division. He has a superb career at 19 wins and only seven losses. He has fought at UFC 148 against Tito Ortiz and has won over a unanimous decision; this was his second win over Ortiz with the first one in UFC 105. Griffin lost to Ortiz in 200 at the UFC 59 Reality Check via split decision. His fight with Sonnen will certainly be a fight fans would gladly wait for.