“Sure I could go up to 205 and I could take Jon Jones’ belt away, the same as I could take his candy on Halloween. He’s a little punk kid. I could 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.”
Such are the words of one Chael P. Sonnen, former UFC middleweight title contender, and now, according to him at least, heir to the throne of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Jones, of course, first must past muster in his UFC 151 showdown with Sonnen’s friend Dan Henderson before Sonnen would even have a shot at him.
Sonnen, as well, has a fight on tap, squaring off with the original Ultimate Fighter, Forrest Griffin.
But those two fights don’t hold all the answers if Sonnen is to get a crack at the UFC 205-pound belt. Just how close is the self-proclaimed “American Gangster” from West Linn, Ore., to another title shot?
“He’s a long way away,” UFC president Dana White revealed Tuesday morning on the Dave & Mahoney Show on X107.5 in Las Vegas. “He’s not coming off the Silva fight and just talking his way into a 205-pound world title shot.”
Although Griffin is a former UFC light heavyweight champion, he’s currently 3-3 in his six most recent fights in the Octagon. It’s going take even more than a victory over Griffin to put Sonnen into the challenger’s slot.
“He's gonna have to beat a couple of the best in the world,” said White. “If he beats Forrest Griffin, we’ll shoot him right into the top five, let him fight some of those guys there, and we'll see what happens.”
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