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Chael Sonnen Announces Return to Light-Heavyweight, Will Face Forrest Griffin on December 29th

(Props: fueltv)

With his middleweight title hopes crushed once again by Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen has decided to return to his original home at light-heavyweight, where he’ll face off against Forrest Griffin on December 29th. Sonnen broke the news himself on yesterday’s edition of UFC Tonight. Watch the clip above to see Sonnen heap praise on Forrest as a future Hall of Famer and pioneer in the industry, before inevitably trashing 205-pound champion Jon Jones. (“I could take Jon Jones’s belt away the same as I could take his candy on Halloween, alright? He’s a little punk kid, I’d snatch it away all I want.”) The weight-class may be different, but the song remains the same.

This will be Sonnen’s first match at light-heavyweight since his UFC debut against Renato “Babalu” Sobral at UFC 55, which he lost by triangle choke. As for Griffin, he’s coming off a decision win (and post-fight meltdown) against Tito Ortiz at UFC 148, in a performance so unimpressive that Dana White suggested that he retire afterwards. Will FoGriff look any better against the Gangster from West Linn?

As Chael mentioned during the UFC Tonight segment, he and Forrest actually fought once before, in the first round of an eight-man IFC tournament in September 2003 that was eventually won by Babalu. Check out the video of Forrest Griffin vs. Chael Sonnen 1 after the jump. We’re not going to tell you how it ends, but prepare to be not surprised whatsoever.

(Props: fedemma91. Skip to the 3:10 mark for the finish.)

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Mr_Misanthropy- August 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm
If at first you Fael, try try again. Then Fael some more.
linzhanfd- August 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Alan K- August 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm
I heard that Jon Jones once tried to feed a bus a carrot. Then he drove the bus into a telephone pole. A carrot! And he doesn't even have a computer!
SquidInk- August 15, 2012 at 10:18 am
Do you guys really not get this? Sonnen is trashing Jones for hype purposes. He's already lobbying for that fight, and this is how he does it. Also, if he calls his current opponent a future HOFer and a pioneer, it sets Sonnen up to look not as bad if he looses. He'll beat Forrest anyway, but he's using strategy here. Nothing he says doesn't have strategic purposes behind it.
Grandmas Nutmeg- August 15, 2012 at 8:48 am
Doesn't light heavyweight bracket have more Brazilians for him to talk shit to?
holeeball- August 15, 2012 at 8:35 am
What was that? Medium rare? Coming right up, chump.
heartbreakjake- August 15, 2012 at 6:41 am
So it says Chael is a Submission specialist with a side base in grappling? And oh yeah, gets finished with......a triangle! True submission the sense he loves getting finished by them.
Onan- August 15, 2012 at 6:24 am
I think Chael secretly loves the smell of man-crotch.