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Dana White Strikes Gold With Chael Sonnen

When the WEC, the UFC’s sister company, decided to dismantle their light heavyweight and middleweight divisions a year ago, who would have thought that Chael Sonnen would rise from the ashes and emerge as a legit threat in the UFC’s most lopsided division?

“Chael came out of nowhere,” UFC President Dana White admitted in the UFC 109 post-fight press conference. “He was in the WEC and came over here and has blown some people away.”

The Team Quest-trained fighter thoroughly destroyed former top middleweight contender Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 this weekend, bumping his professional record to an impressive 24-10-1 and emerging as a legit threat to the crown.

“We have Vitor and Anderson which is interesting and exciting, and now there’s another guy who is waiting in line who is interesting and exciting. He brings something different into the fight that a lot of people are going to look at. If he gets this thing to the ground, it’ll be an interesting fight. He popped out of nowhere, and it’s a beautiful thing.”