Former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen has signed a new five-fight contract with the UFC.
The fighter will return to action in August against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen from Boston. The card will be held on FOX Sports 1, which will debut August 17 – the date of the event.
Sonnen, on “UFC Tonight” Tuesday evening, confirmed the new contract and also made it known that he plans to return to middleweight – regardless of the outcome of the Rua bout. He moved up to 205 pounds last year after a loss to then-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Sonnen was defeated by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones via TKO earlier this year, dropping his overall record to 27-13-1 and his UFC mark to 6-6.