Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Chael Sonnen may or may not retire following his loss to Jon Jones.
A third UFC title fight and a third loss for Chael Sonnen. As a fan of the "American Gangster," I'm disappointed, but completely unsurprised by how it played out (as I'm sure is the case with most of you).
Sonnen, after the fight, sounded incredibly disappointed and mentioned the possibility of retirement.
As with Belcher, we're going to assume that he is in fact returning. Ff he does decide to stick around (and the UFC should push for him to stay), there are exciting fights to be made.
Sonnen is still a skilled grappler with amazing cardio and enough size to stick around in the light heavyweight division for years. Even though he was beaten soundly by Jones, he can still realistically beat the vast majority of the UFC's ranked fighters.
Sonnen would be the safe bet against Gegard Mousasi, Phil Davis, Glover Teixeira, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Dan Henderson at this point. Even then, it's hard to say Ryan Bader, Rashad Evans and Alexander Gustafsson would be huge favorites. Anybody on that list makes an interesting opponent for Sonnen.
Far and away, though, the best fight to make would be against Wanderlei Silva. “The Axe Murder” is apparently making his move to 205 lbs permanent, and the two of them have an ugly feud lingering from Sonnen's tirades against Anderson Silva.
While Sonnen would be a huge favorite, I think many fans would love to see that fight.