Kenny Florian Feels UFC Is ‘Sending Message’ By Giving Chael Sonnen Championship Fight

Kenny Florian was asked his take on the UFC’s decision to grant Chael Sonnen a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title over several other worthy contenders during a recent episode of UFC Tonight.

They’re saying, ‘Guys, you’ve got to step up and fight.’ Chael did it at short notice in a different weight class. And look at what’s happened to Lyoto Machida now. He’s been pushed to the back of the line and now he’s got to wait.

Sonnen was given the opportunity over the likes of Machida, Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Sonnen’s last fight was vs. Anderson Silva, a bout he lost for the UFC middleweight title.

Sonnen and Jon Jones will compete on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, and are being booked to face off in April. UFC president Dana White did say the decision was also based around Jones’ injury, which will keep him sidelined until early next year.

Florian is a former multi-time contender to UFC gold, competing in several weight classes.

  • Morten Kaae

    The reactions to this is going to be very interesting. I think Sonnen has balls for stepping up on short notice against Jones. But compared to some of the other contenders, he has absolutely nothing to lose. Most have already lost to Jones and another loss would likely be the last chance they will get to fight him. Is it fair to put that sort of an ultimatum on a fighter? Lets hear some oppinions guys, is the UFC above its fighters, or are the fighters above the UFC?

  • Jason James

    This is so stupid. You’re barely even reporting anything. Are you a lazy as hell journalist or just brain dead? This website is a waste of time.

Follow MMAConvert


Fight Cards

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira

Event Date: April 26, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 118: Dantas vs. Warren

Event Date: May 2, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV,

Bellator 119: Cooper vs. Halsey

Event Date: May 9, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva

Event Date: May 10, 2014
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 120: Alvarez vs. Chandler III

Event Date: May 17, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw

Event Date: May 24, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass