Following a stoppage loss to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 159 this past weekend, the question as to whether Chael Sonnen should retire or not came into the lime light.
Sonnen spoke about the possibility of retiring while on UFC Tonight Tuesday evening and let it be known he won’t be going anywhere:
“I will definitely continue — and at 205 pounds, unless they come up with a catchweight. They have a couple of people that do that. I know Rich Franklin has fought at catchweights a bunch, but I’m not going to be in contendership anytime soon, and neither is Rich Franklin or a pool of other guys. So there is a little bit of room where we could meet in the middle. Now that I’ve dropped Rich’s name, this wasn’t my way of challenging Rich. I was speaking to the point of the catchweight situation. I’m going to stick around.”
“I’d rather give up the size but have a smile on my face.”
On wanting to face Wanderlei Silva: “I’m not leaving this sport. Whenever I get asked about retirement, I never say it, but I always think it: I’m not going anywhere until me and Wanderlei straighten this thing out once and for all.”