What is next for Chael Sonnen (30-15-1)?

The 40-year-old former UFC middleweight contender returned at light heavyweight to the win column at Bellator 180, picking up a convincing unanimous decision win over Wanderlei Silva, his former TUF rival.

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In the post-fight press conference, the “American Gangster” immediately talked up heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko, who lost to Matt Mitrione the same night, but that matchup seems far-fetched. He’s also mentioned Canadian Rory MacDonald.

There are no shortage of opinions, with the oddsmakers at OnlineGambling.lv¬†pointing to light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader as Sonnen’s next likely opponent.

Personally, I think Sonnen needs a rematch with Tito Ortiz first. An impressive win over “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” puts Sonnen in the title shot conversation.

But of course, anything can happen in Bellator.

Sonnen has used his knack for the vernancular to leapfrog himself into title opportunities before in the UFC. You can bet he will use it again in Bellator.

And if Sonnen can keep his nose clean, a return to the broadcast booth would be in order. His analyst work at UFC on FOX was insightful and while he shares his opinions on his “You’re Welcome” podcast, he belongs back on TV.

Just look at his thoughts on the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.

Fortunately, for Sonnen, he controls his own destiny. He can choose his path, and that perhaps, is the most important thing f0r older fighters in the fight game today.

@kenaiandrews