The Daily Recap: Sonnen to Face Forrest at 205 lbs, Curran Suffers Orbital Fracture & More (Updated)

Chael Sonnen. Photo by Esther Lin/MMA Fighting.

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Two-time UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen made a bombshell announcement on tonight's episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, revealing that he'll be making an expected move up to the light heavyweight division and will face former champ Forrest Griffin at the UFC's year-end show on December 29.

In talking about the matchup, Sonnen praised Griffin for his achievements inside the cage and stated that he felt that he was underlooked. He also went on about current champion Jon Jones and the fact that he would be able to steal his title like "halloween candy". (Update - Video of Sonnen's announcement is after the jump.)

Sonnen and Griffin met once before at IFC's talent-stacked light heavyweight tournament at their "Global Domination" event in September 2003. Griffin submitted Sonnen with a triangle choke in the quarterfinals of an eight-man tournament that night. Not much of a surprise there.

The bout will be Sonnen's first at 205 lbs since he fell to Renato "Babalu" Sobral all the way back at UFC 55 almost seven years ago. Griffin is coming off of a unanimous decision over Tito Ortiz last month in a rubber match between the two.

Other news and notes

Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has been forced out of his scheduled title defense against Patricio "Pitbull" Friere at Bellator 73 on August 24 after suffering a broken orbital bone during a sparring session on Tuesday morning. "It's an incredibly frustrating injury, especially to happen so close to the fight, but these things happen," Curran said. "I can honestly say I'm in the best shape of my life, but injuries happen and once I heal up, I'm going to continue to train and come back stronger than ever to defend the Bellator featherweight title." [ESPN]

The latest Bellator welterweight tournament will commence on September 28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Headlined by an opening-round matchup between former champion Lyman Good and Jim Wallhead, other opening-round matchups will include former DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis vs. Nordine Taleb, Jordan Smith vs. Andrey Koreshkov and Michail Tsarev vs. Tim Welch. [Bellator

The UFC 150 prelims on FX reportedly drew 974,000 viewers for this past Saturday night's broadcast according to industry sources. The mark puts them at a slight decline in viewership compared to UFC 149's set of prelims, which garnered a million eyes. UFC 148 in early July drew a series-high 1.8 million viewers. [Sherdog]

Ed Soares, well-known manager of the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and many others, has reportedly been named president of Resurrection Fighting Alliance, a Nebraska-based regional promotion that has held a trio of events since its start last year and has gained notoriety for fighting handfuls of former UFC veterans. "I'm really excited to step into another chapter of a my life," Soares said. "I come from a promotional background from running various promotions, and I'm excited to get back in there." [MMA Fighting]

UFC veteran Tim Hague has announced his retirement following a loss to Mike Hackert, his second consecutive defeat to him, at Maximum Fighting Championship 34 this past weekend. Hague wrote on his Facebook, “Sorry everyone. I was the most prepared I’ve ever been. Never trained or dieted harder. I had a good run, but like I told my coach and my girl a few weeks ago. That was my last fight. Thanks for the support over the last 6 years. On to the next chapter of my life.” [Five Ounces of Pain]


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