Chael Sonnen moving back to middleweight

Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chael Sonnen (blue gloves) walks towards the cage before his light heavyweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen suffered a first-round TKO loss to Rashad Evans in the co-main event of UFC 167. It was just the latest setback for Sonnen in his career, as he stumbled to 1-2 in his last three fights which came at light heavyweight.

To be fair to Sonnen, he was used to competing at middleweight and his two losses at 205 came to champion Jon Jones and Evans, who was a former champ.

After his latest loss, Sonnen discussed his inability to find his groove at light heavyweight and the plans to move back to 185 pounds where he feels more comfortable inside of the octagon.

“I’ve always struggled at 205 to get used to the weight. I can do better than that, but I’m going to have to go back to 185,” Sonnen said at the post-fight press conference. “That’s where I can do my best work; I can scramble and not get held in these positions.”

Sonnen had one of the best performances of his career at middleweight, where he dominated the former champ Anderson Silva for four and a half rounds before being submitted, so it will be interesting to see if he can string together some wins and find himself back in the title picture one last time.

Topics: Chael Sonnen, UFC

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