Jon Jones Isn’t Randy Couture, but Chael Sonnen Gives Him His Due… Sort Of


Chael Sonnen at the UFC 148 Open WorkoutsChael Sonnen has become the master of trash talk to build up fights, but even he has had to give UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones his due, calling him “the best fighter” he’s ever seen… with a qualification, of course.

We’ve seen enough of Sonnen’s shtick by now that it’s what we’ve come to expect when the lights are on and the camera is rolling. It is Chael Sonnen’s public persona; his “American Gangster” character, if you will. But when the lights aren’t shining in his eyes and the microphone isn’t in his face, Sonnen’s true demeanor is in stark contrast to what most people know from his public displays.

There’s been some heat between Jones and Sonnen leading up to their selection as The Ultimate Fighter Season 17 coaches with a showdown in the Octagon in April 2013, but Sonnen’s “American Gangster” stepped aside, if only briefly, during a recent TUF 17 media call, opening the door for Sonnen to give Jones his due.

“I think Jon Jones is the best fighter that I’ve ever seen,” said Sonnen, with no zinger to follow. “If I was to compare him to somebody, I mean, I would put Randy Couture above him, but a lot of that is just out of respect. I don’t believe he’s Randy Couture, but I believe he’s fantastic.

“He’s got techniques; I don’t even know what they’re called.”

Many people that are used to the “American Gangster” taking on most of the public speaking gigs won’t buy that those comments about Jones represent another side of Chael Sonnen shining through, but it does.

The American Gangster, of course, is always lurking, not letting Sonnen out of the shadows for long.

Perhaps reminding Sonnen that the purpose of the call was to hype the Jones vs. Sonnen pairing and build-up anticipation for The Ultimate Fighter, the American Gangster eventually regained control of the situation, not giving Jones too much credit.

“Yes, good for Jon. You know, but look, he needs me and the bottom line is, he doesn’t beat anybody until he beats me. Let’s go down the line: he beat Bader, he beat Shogun, he beat – who’s that glorified Hollywood extra – Rampage, Vitor. I mean, what’s next? He’s going to fight Scott Ferrozzo?”

Sonnen will never admit that he’s got dual personalities fighting for control, and he’s not likely to continue heaping praise on Jones. He’ll likely go the opposite direction, letting Chael out just long enough to sucker Jones in and then give him a full-on dose of the American Gangster.

But hey, isn’t that why we’ve ended up with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen as TUF coaches with Jones’ championship on the line to follow?

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your UFC news and updates.

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

Related News

  • 16 days ago
  • 27 views

With Chael Sonnen's Metamoris 4 super fight in jeopardy due to the possibility of huge fines from the NAC, he reaches out to UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture to take his place. Metamoris might just b read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 48 views

Well, we did it, gang. We made it all the way on this little podcast thingy of ours to episode 100. This is where I'm supposed to say 'I couldn't have done it without you' and make it sound like I me read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 61 views

After yesterday's Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) hearing involving Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen, what isn't there to say? Did the punishments fit the crime? What message did the NAC really send, read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 53 views

The MMA Hour is back in your life on Monday. Below is a rundown of the show: 1:00 p.m. ET -- Jon Jones will stop by to preview his UFC 178 fight against Daniel Cormier. 1:20 p.m. -- Alexander Gustafs read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 9 views

LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones isn’t concerned with the escalating trash talk coming from challenger Daniel Cormier. As far as the UFC light heavyweight champion is concerned, “DC” is just digging his own gra read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 174 views

Chael Sonnen is set to compete against Andre Galvao at Metamoris 4 in Los Angeles this weekend, but following warnings from the Nevada Athletic Commission regarding a $250,000 fine for each test fai read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 20 views

Former three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen is still supposed to headline Metamoris 4, an unsanctioned grappling event, on Saturday, but apparently he wanted to make sure promoter Ralek Graci read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 35 views

Plan B! Just in case ... Recently-retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star, Chael Sonnen, is still scheduled to compete against Andre Galvao in the Metamoris 4 main event this weekend (Sat., read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 67 views

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are set to face off for the title, and they let their own daughters start the smack talk for them. Alexander Gustafsson had an unfortunate knee injury that forced him out read news >>