The day after UFC 117... A defeated Chael Sonnen sat down with HD Nets "Fighting Words" Mike Straka. In the half hour interview Chael was at one point asked where he thought the UFC would put him next. Is he still the #1 contender and does he want rematch with Anderson? sure. Chael Sonnen wants the toughest guys out there in the middleweight division and certainly a second attempt at attaining the ever elusive world title that still haunts him.
During the interview Chael reveals to Mike Straka that there is also one other UFC product that haunts him. The Phenom. When Mike Straka asked Chael if he deserved an immediate rematch after his tap out loss to The Spider, Chael replied:
I am the #1 contender. And this is business. And it's going to come down to who is the number one draw. And I'm a big draw and Vitor Belfort is a big draw. And it really doesn't hurt my ego to say it because I am a huge Vitor Belfort fan. Those two (Silva and Belfort) were going to fight and I was supposed to fight the winner. I was hoping Anderson would win. There is not a lot of guys that Im afraid of - I do not want to fight Vitor Belfort. I will fight you Vitor but I don't want to fight Vitor. That is not a name that is on my Christmas list.
Vitor Belfort returns to the Octagon on November 13th. He will be headling UFC 122 in Germany against Yushin "Thunder" Okami. Chael Sonnen will be rematching Anderson Silva in the near future.