August 15, 2012 4:35:17 PM
Chael Sonnen moves to light heavyweight, meets Forrest Griffin
After hinting that he might move up from middleweight to light heavyweight following his loss to Anderson Silva in July, Chael Sonnen has announced the move – and his opponent.
Sonnen will make the climb to 205 pounds and will face former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at the promotion's year-end show on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas. Griffin beat Sonnen with a first-round submission nearly nine years ago in a regional promotion. Sonnen made the announcement on Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV.
The UFC's Dec. 29 show, though not yet announced by the promotion, is likely to be UFC 155. It will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former champ Cain Velasquez.
Though a venue for the card is not yet known, it will take place either at the MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Sonnen-Griffin fight is likely to serve as the pay-per-view's co-main event.
After back-to-back wins over Brian Stann and Michael Bisping, Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) got his rematch with Silva at UFC 148. But he lost by second-round TKO. Not long after the fight, the outspoken Oregon native dropped hints that he was considering going up a weight class. Tuesday, he made it official.
Sonnen said Griffin has been overlooked in the conversation for potential challengers for light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who on Sept. 1 defends his title against Dan Henderson.
"A number of years ago, I fought with a guy who turned out to become a very good friend of mine, and I lost the match," Sonnen said. "Since becoming friends and competitors with him, I've also become a fan. I watched him win the world championship. I watched him etch his name in stone as a guaranteed future Hall of Famer. … He's the one guy Jon Jones hasn't fought. He's beat two world champions in his last three outings.
"I get very frustrated that Forrest's name is left out of the conversation. This is a guy who's beat everybody, and he's never been in the talks to fight Jon Jones. He's coming off a fight with Tito Ortiz, one of the most decorated light heavyweights of all time – a Hall of Famer. They go out and have a 'Fight of the Night,' an awesome performance, and still, he gets overlooked."
Sonnen implied that his sights are set squarely on Jones' title – but that he wanted to earn the opportunity.
"I could go up to 205 and I could take Jon Jones' belt the same as I could take his candy on Halloween – a little punk kid, I'd snatch it away all I want," Sonnen said. "But there's something to be said in sportsmanship for earning your shot. And on the 29th of December, I'm going to go through Forrest to do it."
Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) fought on the same UFC 148 card as Sonnen and beat Ortiz by split decision in the rubber match of their trilogy. It was Griffin's first fight since an August 2011 loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 134.
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July 6, 2012 7:42:25 PM
UFC 148: Weigh-in Results
Weigh-in results for UFC 148, which were held Friday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
- Champ Anderson Silva (184) vs. Chael Sonnen (185)
- Forrest Griffin (204) vs. Tito Ortiz (204)
- Patrick Cote (185) vs. Cung Le (185)
- Dong Hyun Kim (170) vs. Demian Maia (170)
- Chad Mendes (146) vs. Cody McKenzie (145)
- Mike Easton (135) vs. Ivan Menjivar (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
- Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
- Fabricio Camoes (156) vs. Melvin Guillard (155)
- Riki Fukuda (185) vs. Constantinos Philippou (186)
- John Alessio (156) vs. Shane Roller (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Yoislandy Izquierdo (156) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (156)
March 20, 2012 4:47:51 PM
UFC 148 adds Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Announcing his retirement after this bout, Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) is set to face Forrest Griffin (18-7) for a third and final time.
The former UFC light-heavyweight champion on Monday confirmed via Twitter that he's scheduled to fight Griffin at UFC 148.
Ortiz has had trouble finding wins as of late, compiling a 1-6-1 record over the last six years with the UFC. Currently on a two fight losing streak, "The People's Champ" looks to end his career on a positive note as he steps into the Octagon for a third time against Griffin. Winning their first meeting at UFC 59, Ortiz fell short in the second three years later at UFC 106 where the judges' gave the split decision win to Griffin.
A longtime fighter with the UFC, Griffin was recently quickly disposed of in his most recent outing at UFC 134 by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, losing by way of knockout in the first round. That loss snapped a two fight win-streak that saw Griffin defeating Rich Franklin and his newest opponent, Ortiz.
UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
August 27, 2011 10:10:15 PM
UFC 134 Results
Results from UFC 134, held Saturday at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Anderson Silva def. Yushin Okami via TKO (ground strikes), Rd. 2, 2:04
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua def. Forrest Griffin via KO (punches), Rd. 1, 1:53
Edson Barboza def. Ross Pearson via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Brendan Schaub via KO (punches), Rd. 1, 3:09
Stanislav Nedkov def. Luiz Cane via TKO (punches), Rd. 1, 4:13
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via TKO (ground strikes), Rd. 2, 2:51
Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via unanimous dec. (30-25, 30-27, 29-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell via unanimous dec. (30-27 x 3)
Raphael Assuncao def. Johnny Eduardo via unanimous dec. (30-27 x 3)
Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos via TKO (strikes), Rd. 1, 0:40
Yuri Alcantara def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous dec. (30-27 x 2, 29-28)
Yves Jabouin def. Ian Loveland via split dec. (29-28 x 2, 27-30)
April 15, 2011 7:01:58 PM
Forrest Griffin vs. Shogun Rua rematch to take place at UFC 134
Former UFC light heavyweight champions Forrest Griffin (18-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will meet in a rematch when the UFC makes its first trip to Brazil since 1998.
Dana White today confirmed the matchup between the two competitors, whose last meeting ended with Griffin submitting Rua in the third round and going on to claim UFC gold. Rua recently lost his title belt to Jon Jones, while Griffin has notched wins over Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin in his last two outings.
UFC 134 will take place in Rio de Janeiro on August 27 and features a middleweight title showdown between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.Source: www.mmafighting.com