According to Dana White, Sonnen won’t be awarded a title shot after a win over Griffin. He will presumably need one more top 10 win. Despite this fact, Chael apparently isn’t waiting to begin harassing the young champion.
The champion calmly responded to Sonnen claiming that he must “earn a title shot instead of trying to talk your way into one and I’ll be glad to hurt you”. Trash talking is something that Jones has recently become familiar with. His last title defense against Rashad Evans was preceded with a yearlong war of words with his former teammate and now rival. Jones expectedly approached this new opponent much more calmly. A few days later, Sonnen decided to poke the young lion once again.
The toughest fight you’ve had at 205 was the chump who snatched the old ladies purse while you were playing on the swings at the park.
Sonnen’s hilarious antics never cease to amaze me. After his last title fight I wondered whether he would move up or down in weight and if he would select either GSP or Jon Jones as his new target. It appears we have an answer.
I have no doubt Sonnen has the ability to defeat Griffin. Forrest is near retirement but would still be a credible win. I also believe Sonnen will fare well against essentially anyone in the top of the division, except for Jon Jones of course. Sonnen should give Jones a good challenge but judging by how the champion makes elite fighters look like amateurs, he most likely won’t succeed in taking the belt.
Regardless if Sonnen ever succeeds in his quest for a UFC championship, he will continue to entertain. It will be interesting to see if the champion can endure another long year of torment.