Good ol’ Chael Sonnen has done it again, playing the media like a fiddle in the days following his straight up ass whuppin at the hands of Jon Jones. After the fight he teased retirement, and everyone followed that story instead of the story where Sonnen is now officially exposed and irrelevant. Now a few days later he comes out and declares he’s got UNFINISHED BUSINESS!

“I don’t have a lot of options at 185,” he said. “I’ve fought everyone in the top 10, including the champion a couple of times. So I moved up to 205, but I lost to the champ and it wasn’t a competitive enough match to warrant another chance.

“So what do I do?” Sonnen asked, then answered his own question, stating that he’ll likely stay at 205 pounds or fight catchweight bouts, à la Rich Franklin.

“Wanderlei called me out before, but the fight never made sense,” Sonnen said. “Now it does. I’m not going anywhere until me and Wanderlei straighten this thing out once and for all. Wanderlei pulled a dirt bag move on me one time. He said something to me that I couldn’t hear, and then put it on YouTube with subtitles because he knew I couldn’t understand it and called me out.

“If you’re a fighter, that doesn’t fly,” Sonnen concluded. “You must respond to him, and I’m ready to respond to you, Wanderlei.”

This isn’t exactly all that surprising, as Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva has been all but penciled into the UFC’s 2013 schedule for the past month and a half. My bet is they’ll save the fight for an event that needs a nice solid hype creating co-main. November? That gives Chael some time off, and more importantly, us some time off from Chael. Sonnen understands something Rampage doesn’t: that his fame is directly attached to his fighting career. So long as he keeps it alive in some peripheral sense, people will continue to care what he’s up to.

(pic by Joe Camporeale for USA TODAY)