His fighting career may be over, but former UFC middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen isn’t going to leave MMA behind in any way.
‘The American Gangster’ by will make his World Series of Fighting (WSOF) debut as the announcer of Friday’s (September 19, 2015) WSOF 23 from Phoenix, Arizona, but Sonnen apparently has some much bigger news than that.
Voicing his next plans in a recent interview with Submission Radio, Sonnen confirmed that he would face UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett in a grappling match at the upcoming Metamoris show later this fall:
“I have a match coming up at the very end of October, might even be November 1st, I have to look. His name is Josh Barnett.”
That’s a somewhat interesting booking, because Barnett of course has a potentially taxing bout with hard-hitting fan favorite Roy Nelson in the main event of September 27’s UFC Fight Night 75 from Saitama, Japan. ‘The Warmaster’ is planning on taking care of ‘Big Country’ in relatively easy fashion in order to make a quick turnaround to take on Sonnen at Metamoris just over a month later.
Yet even if Barnett isn’t at one hundred percent, most would view a grappling match between he and Sonnen to be of the squash variety, as his submission skills are well-versed and celebrated in MMA while Sonnen is primarily known as a smothering wrestler who uses submissions sparingly. Regardless, Sonnen not surprisingly talked his trademark trash, stating he would ground Barnett and smother him for the duration of the bout:
“I’ll even give you gentleman a prediction….Sonnen wins. I’m going to take his (Josh Barnett’s) fat ass down and he will never get up. And let him know I said that. I’m going to take Josh down and then I’m going to whisper in his ear ‘welcome to the next 20 minutes of your life’.”
As a multi-time title fight loser in the UFC, Sonnen has never been afraid of saying he’s going to beat an elite competitor at their strength and then taking a beating for it. Are you at all interested in seeing him meet Barnett in his glaring area of dominance?