Cordiality with Jon Jones a Non-Factor For Challenger Chael Sonnen at UFC 159



For Chael Sonnen fans, the buildup to UFC 159 has served as a change of pace.

Sonnen’s interviews ahead of his clash with Jon Jones have been starkly different than in his previous title tries, which notably featured some of Sonnen’s most famous pre-fight banter. Although Sonnen and Jones initially traded verbal taunts when the fight was first booked back in October, Sonnen’s opinion of the champion changed during their stint as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 17.”

Nevertheless, Sonnen believes that their cordial relationship on the show will have no effect on his intensity in the cage.

“I had [Jones] wrong. He’s a good, nice, decent person. That was refreshing, and good for him, but it doesn’t make a bit of difference [about] what I’m going to do to him on Saturday,” Sonnen recently said during a UFC 159 media scrum. “There can be only one champion. I’m coming for his belt, and he’s going to have to defend himself.”

In Jones, Sonnen faces arguably the toughest test of his career, which includes two unsuccessful middleweight title bids against Anderson Silva. Jones has tasted defeat just once in his five years as a professional, when he was controversially disqualified in a fight he was dominating against Matt Hamill. Since that time, Jones has taken out five former UFC light heavyweight champions, capturing the title from Mauricio Rua and defending it successfully against Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort.

“I think Jon is the best, but I think I’m better. I think he’s great, but I think I’m greater,” Sonnen said. “He’s had a good run. He’s got a lot of skills, and he’s got an interesting style, but I’m a whole other deal. I’ve never lost a round, ever. I’ve never had a fight where a round has gone against me, and that’s going to be a lot for Jon to deal with.”

In Sonnen, Jones must face a 40-fight pro and former Olympic wrestling alternate who has defeated the likes of Michael Bisping, Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami. In spite of his foe’s credentials, Jones believes that Sonnen’s typical fight strategy of grounding and controlling his opponents will prove less than effective when the men do battle Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

“He has been fighting the same exact style for so long,” said Jones. “When he shoots, his head goes to the same side. When he grounds and pounds, he uses it to pass guard to the same side. He does the same submissions. It’s all been the same for years. I don’t understand how he’s been so successful with it. I’m just not going to allow it to happen to me. I know what he has.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 8 days ago
  • 183 views

Fans have drooled over a potential matchup between Anderson Silva and Jon Jones for years now, and the two men delivered today - within the confines of the UFC headquarters, anyway. MMA fans get grea read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 46 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who squandered a landmark endorsement deal with Nike earlier this year, is now in negotiations with Reebok for a new partnership. That's according to broadca read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones appears to be in talks with Reebok to form a new sponsorship deal following the loss of his Nike contract. After losing a lucrative deal with Nike in the fall read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

It looks like "Bones" may be rocking a new shoe line somewhere down the road. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder, Jon Jones, recently revealed that Nike had terminated read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 9 views

Believing any discussions of a comeback between UFC president Dana White and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would be little more than a shrewd negotiating tactic, former contender Chael Son read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 105 views

Work ... or shoot? Chael Sonnen was in demand. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight (and light heavyweight) title contender, perhaps best known for his pre- and post-fight the read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Former UFC superstar, Chael Sonnen discusses the $5 million offer the WWE allegedly made to him. Former UFC Everyweight Top contender, Chael Sonnen is missed. His charisma and ability to charm the MM read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

Former UFC superstar, Chael Sonnen says "No" to formal MMA bout with Wanderlei Silva; is open to Metamoris match. A few months ago, a devastating blow to Wanderlei Silva's MMA career came about when read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 views

Former UFC fighter/”UFC Tonight” host Chael Sonnen has found a new home for his broadcasting and analyst work.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Jump to: