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SideWays222 11-29-2012 05:31 AM

Mike Dolce says Sonnen is 240 pounds and ripped.

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.

Dam wtf... and he still looked really small standing next Jones in the thanksgiving pic.

Killz 11-29-2012 05:54 AM

Pics or it didnt happen...


OHKO 11-29-2012 06:14 AM

That is crazy! How much did he weigh for his MW fights?

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Rauno 11-29-2012 06:51 AM

Jones via Sonnen gassing! Seriously though, these kind of statements need pictures.

Liddellianenko 11-29-2012 07:29 AM

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Steroids to the rescue again I see.

No way a dude who fought at 185 a few months ago can be anything close to 245 lbs of ripped muscle so soon naturally.

Finnsidious 11-29-2012 07:44 AM

Does it matter if it's true or not? First off, it's Sonnen, he lies more than Dana White, and that is saying something. Second, who cares? He could weight 265 and still lose to Jones.

Harness 11-29-2012 07:54 AM

I thought he looked just as big as Jones, it was only his height that made him look smaller.

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kc1983 11-29-2012 08:21 AM


Originally Posted by Liddellianenko (Post 1652160)
Steroids to the rescue again I see.

No way a dude who fought at 185 a few months ago can be anything close to 245 lbs of ripped muscle so soon naturally.


I really find this hard to believe. I recall him weighing 217 lbs when he fought at middle weight and he was ripped then. There's no way he packed on 20+ lbs of muscle from then till now.

Toxic 11-29-2012 08:49 AM

It has to be an exaggeration, I don't see how his frame could sustain it without seriously hindering mobility.

TheNinja 11-29-2012 09:17 AM

I call BS... I just saw the Thanksgiving Pic... If that's the case Jones weighs closer to 250lbs...

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