Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
While there is little argument that Chael Sonnen is a top title contender in whichever weight class he's fighting in, the fact of the matter is that "The American Gangster" hasn't held a title since November 2003.
That title was the Gladiator Challenge light heavyweight championship, so while still an accomplishment, the elite fighters of this sport have went on to bigger and better things.
Sonnen has had three opportunities to add some serious hardware to his trophy case but has come up short each time.
In his WEC debut in Dec. 2007, Sonnen squared off against Paulo Filho with the promotion's middleweight belt on the line.
Chael ended up being submitted with an armbar at the tail end of the second round. Although Sonnen won a rematch in Nov. 2008, Filho showed up nearly seven pounds overweight, so the fight was a non-title bout.
Many believed Sonnen would be the man to dethrone UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117, as he dominated "The Spider" for over four rounds. However, he was ultimately submitted by a triangle choke midway through the fifth round.
The former two-time All-American collegiate wrestler earned another shot at the Brazilian at UFC 148, but, after clearly winning the first round, he was TKO'd in the second.
Sonnen has yet to prove himself on the biggest stage, so why is there reason to believe this time will be any different?