Speaking in his latest blog on his official website, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross responded to reports that UFC Middleweight star Chael Sonnen could be WWE bound following his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 148 on Saturday night.
“I was pulling for Chael Sonnen but picked Spider Silva to win in three. I also wrote or tweeted @JRsBBQ last week that IF Sonnen lost the “Chael to WWE rumors” would begin immediately and they have. I see Sonnen, the admitted pro wrestling fan, sticking with UFC. I believe that Chael is a star, an attraction and UFC isn’t overloaded with marketable star power at the moment. No company that hangs their hats on PPV revenue is over loaded with star power as these special athletes/performers who more the needle don’t grow on trees nor can they be developed over night. Chael is 35, very late to begin a career at the highest level of sports entertainment, WWE. Is it too late? Probably not but “we’re burning daylight” here. I’m guessing Sonnen has 3-5 viable fights left in him which would take him until he’s 37-38 years of age. If I were advising Chael I’d recommend that he stick with UFC and keep making those significant pay days in a sport that he has trained for years in which to become excellent plus no one in UFC can sell a fight/event like Chael Sonnen. That works behind a mic too and it’s obvious that UFC has little to no broadcasting depth at this time. So the ‘Sonnen to WWE’ rumor is just that as far as I’m concerned and I will believe that the ‘American Gangster’ is WWE bound when I see him walk on RAW. Not before.”
Note from Wayne: According to various MMA news websites, Sonnen’s camp are requesting a meeting with Dana White in regards to the outcome of the match noting that while the knee may have caught Sonnen in the chest leading to the finish, it also connected with Chael in the head while he was a downed opponent. JR’s blog is available in full at this link.