Chael Sonnen was last seen in the Bellator cage earning a unanimous decision victory over Wanderlei Silva at Bellator 180.
While his next bout has yet to be announced, the controversial fighter has two opponents he wants to face and the first is heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.
“I think it’s hard to imagine that that doesn’t happen. We’re only about 20 pounds apart,” Sonnen said on BJ Penn Radio. “I get up to about 216 pounds – maybe that’s a little heavy – but right in there, [around] 216. [Fedor has] weighed in pretty consistently at 236 for the last number of years. So, you’re only talking about 20 pounds. I know some people say ‘don’t do that fight, he’s too big,’ but we’re only talking about 20 pounds. When I started this thing, we didn’t have weigh-ins. I’ve never cared what a guy weighed. I will acknowledge that there’s an advantage at a certain point to a certain size, but 20 pounds, man, that’s not very much.”
Emelianenko was last seen competing at Bellator 180 and he was knocked out by UFC veteran Matt Mitrione on that night.
Sonnen’s second opponent that he wants to fight sometime down the line is fellow UFC veteran Rory MacDonald.
“I’m quite sure I’ll have to whip Rory’s ass sooner or later here. In fact, when I got into Bellator, that was the very first question I asked Scott Coker,” Sonnen said. “Before he even knew that I was looking to come over, that I had the ability to sign with him, I just sent him a text and said ‘me versus Rory, does that interest you?’ And he said ‘it sure does, why are you asking?’ So, yeah Rory was one of the first guys on my radar.”
MacDonald is currently preparing to challenge Bellator MMA Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima for the gold this January. Neither MacDonald or Emelianenko have yet to respond to the challenges from Sonnen.