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Chael Sonnen moves to 205, gets rematch with Forrest Griffin at UFC's year-end show

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After hinting that he might move up from middleweight to light heavyweight following his loss to Anderson Silva in July, Chael Sonnen has announced the move – and his opponent.

Sonnen will make the climb to 205 pounds and will face former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at the promotion's year-end show on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. Griffin beat Sonnen with a first-round submission nearly nine years ago in a regional promotion. Sonnen made the announcement on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV.

The UFC's Dec. 29 show, though not yet announced by the promotion, is likely to be UFC 155. It will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former champ Cain Velasquez.

Though a venue for the card is not yet known, it will take place either at the MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Sonnen-Griffin fight is likely to serve as the pay-per-view's co-main event.

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Post #1   8/14/12 11:27:11PM   

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Post #2   8/14/12 11:33:00PM   

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Atleast I get to see griffin run out of the cage again because he's gonna lose this one

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Posted by Pookie

Forrest via Triangle.



I actually watched the first fight after I saw it announced and was shocked that nobody had referenced that fight after the first Silva fight. I realize the switch is a little different, but very similar in the way Chael fought and got caught.

Post #5   8/15/12 12:11:56AM   

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i dont see chael getting caught this time. i expect a dominant performance followed by a retirement party for forrest

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I don't see the point in this. Does he plan on sticking with 205? If so, does he honestly believe he can beat Jones?

EDIT: Read the article. Guess he does.

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Post #7   8/15/12 1:50:41AM   

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I see Chael winning this fight. He's a work horse that should be able to get the takedown and stay busy enough to win a UD

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Forrest has been uninspired to say the least recently. Sonnen seems to be extremely focused and inspired to get a championship.

I don't see Chael losing this one.

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Posted by prophecy033

I see Chael winning this fight. He's a work horse that should be able to get the takedown and stay busy enough to win a UD



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man, chael is going to rip forrest apart in the trash talking, also i don't really have any interest in seeing forrest fight but this match up does interest me.

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Posted by aussiemma

man, chael is going to rip forrest apart in the trash talking,




I'm not so sure, Sonnen and Forrest are friends ( I think he states his respect in the article) I would imagine that it will be more like Sonnen/ Stann where he had a lot of respect for his opponent and didn't talk much at all, other than saying he was going to beat him.


This isn't the match up I would make but it kind of makes sense. It's Chael's first trip back to LHW in quite a while and Forrest is a solid test to see where he is at.

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