Mike Dolce: Chael Sonnen is currently '240 pounds and ripped'

Jonathan Ferrey

Mike Dolce, who is the nutritionist to UFC 205-pound No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen, says his client's acclimation to the light heavyweight division is going well and that Sonnen is '240 pounds and ripped' a little less than five months out from his meeting with divisional champ Jon Jones.

If you thought former two-time middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen was going to be undersized in the light heavyweight division, think again.

Sonnen (27-12-1), who is set to challenge Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship on April 27, 2013, is currently said to be walking around at 240 pounds, a weight that stacks right up there with the largest 205-pound fighters in the world.

According to Sonnen's dietician Mike Dolce, who confirmed the news of Sonnen's weight via Twitter, the Oregon native is "ripped." He didn't mention if his meal plan was supplemented with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) to achieve such significant growth, but then again, it's a tender topic Sonnen doesn't really want to talk about anyway.

Regardless of Sonnen's physical body tone, his weight is the bigger talking point.

Despite being 35 pounds over the required weight of exactly 205 pounds, Sonnen still has roughly five months to work his way back down to the light heavyweight limit. Considering he is not in training camp because of his current coaching obligations on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show, it would seem Sonnen is in a good place.

And with Dolce -- who is rapidly proving to be the best nutritionist in mixed martial arts (MMA) -- by his side, there should be no issues for Sonnen going forward. Indeed, 240 pounds is on the higher end of the light heavyweight spectrum when it comes to walking around weight, but the number isn't astronomical.

Elite light heavyweight fighters such as Jones, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar and Quinton Jackson have admitted to packing on the pounds toward 240, but considering Sonnen was fighting at 185 pounds just a few months ago, perhaps this is evidence he should have been fighting at light heavyweight all along.

We'll find out soon enough.

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