White: Sonnen is "a long way away" from UFC Light Heavyweight title shotPosted on August 21, 2012, 12:59 PM by Anton Gurevich
Victory over Forrest Griffin won't get Chael Sonnen an immediate shot at the title. That's according to Dana White, who shared his vision of Sonnen's journey in the UFC Light Heavyweight division (via MMAJunkie.com):
"He's a long way away," White said. "He's not coming off the (Anderson) Silva fight and just talking his way into a 205-pound world title shot."
"[Sonnen] is going to have to beat a couple of the best of the world," White said. "If he beats Forrest Griffin, we'll shoot him right into the Top 5 and let him fight some of those guys there, and we'll see what happens."
This almost certainly puts a number one contender tag over UFC on FOX 5's encounter between Mauricio Rua and Alexander Gustafsson. Both fighters are currently on winning ways inside the Octagon, with sights on challenging the reigning champ. One intriguing option that could be available for Chael Sonnen is Glover Teixeira, who fights Quinton Jackson at UFC 153 in October.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida will get his third shot at glory, after defeating Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4 in impressive fashion. Machida's KO over Bader impressed Dana White, while Shogun Rua found himself in a back-and-forth battle with Brandon Vera.