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Chael Sonnen Will Move Back to Middleweight

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After losing to Anderson Silva for a second time in 2012, Chael Sonnen decided to try his luck in the light heavyweight division. Since the transition, he has gone 1-2, losing to light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, submitting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and most recently being dominated by Rashad Evans in a first round TKO stoppage.

This recent loss to Evans has convinced him that he needs to move back down to his natural weight class.

“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,” he said. “That’s where I can do my best work; I can scramble and not get held in these positions.”

It’s hard to disagree with him. There aren’t many fighters in the middleweight division who can outwrestle the former University of Oregon All American.

“I’m going to get through the Wanderlei (Silva) fight and then I will be returning to middleweight.”

Sonnen is currently scheduled to be an opposing coach to Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Wanderlei Silva on TUF Brazil 3. Whether the two will face off after the show, and whether it will be at middleweight, a catchweight, or light heavyweight is currently unknown.