UFC Quick Quote: Chael Sonnen always wanted to be a light heavyweight and will remain as one after UFC 159

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Even though he hasn't competed in the light heavyweight division in nearly eight years, UFC 159 headliner Chael Sonnen says 205-pounds is his optimum weight and he has no plans of returning to the middleweight division in the future.

"Yeah [I'm going to stay at light heavyweight after this fight]. I don't want to cut back down to 185. I will, I will go back to 185 if I needed to, but I don't want to. I never wanted to be at that weight class, always wanted to be at 205 but that's where the contract came in at."

-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen says he doesn't plan on leaving the 205-pound division anytime soon in a recent interview on Opie & Anthony. Sonnen's upcoming light heavyweight title clash with Jon Jones this Saturday (April 27, 2013) at UFC 159 will be his first bout in the weight class since 2005, and the 36-year-old doesn't foresee himself switching weight classes again afterwards -- win or lose. Sonnen formerly competed at middleweight where he earned two title shots at champion Anderson Silva. Despite his success at 185-pounds, Sonnen claims he never wanted to fight in that division and light heavyweight is where he has always had the desire to compete.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the UFC 159 main card action on fight night (Sat., April 27, 2013), which is slated to begin promptly at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. The latest fight-by-fight updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 6 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook and FX Channel.

For more news and notes on UFC 159, be sure to check out our complete event archive here.

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