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Jon Jones: “I will defeat Chael Sonnen in extremely devastating fashion.”

Jon Jones/Chael Sonnen - TUF 17The upcoming bout between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen was signed in large part based on a brewing rivalry between the two rather than the match-up making sense from a divisional perspective. To help hype the fight, the UFC also booked the duo as opposing coaches on TUF 17 in hopes of seeing the two butt heads on a weekly basis. Surprisingly, the close confines brought on by the reality show actually had the opposite effect, as Jones/Sonnen have been shown to get along for the most part and the trash-talk has been toned down since taping concluded.

Though Jones may have a new level of appreciation for Sonnen on a personal level based on their time together, the 25-year old’s respect for his foe at UFC 159 ends there.

“He’s weak in every way, shape, or form. He taps before submissions are even sunk in. If I put one hand around his throat he’s probably going to tap,” said Jones in an interview with the UFC. “No matter how much he tries to convince himself that he’s gonna win this fight or that he’s the champion without the belt, he doesn’t believe. And that’s why he comes up short in every opportunity he gets to be a champion. He doesn’t have a champion’s soul, heart, work ethic…nothing.”

The 17-1 Jones also made it clear he intends on teaching Sonnen a lesson on April 27 – be careful what you ask for.

“If Chael thinks he’s going to go out there and just repeatedly take me down like he did with Anderson Silva, he’s got another thing coming (and) he’s gonna know that right away,” expressed the supremely self-assured champion, promising, “I will defeat Chael Sonnen in extremely devastating fashion.”

Check out the complete interview with Jones below:


  • THEGUNNER says:

    This fight dosent intrest me much but I cant wait til sonnen loses so someone who deserves a title shot can challenge jon.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    The LHW fight I wanted to see was Jones vs. Hendo but the UFC pissed that one away. Following the UFC 151 mess, they put together the Jones-Belfort matchup which turned out pretty damn well given the circumstances. At that point all the UFC had to do was re-schedule Hendo vs. Jones for early 2013, and everything would have been back on track in the LHW division.

    But nope… they decided to manipulate the division to help rescue the sagging TUF ratings, Chael is getting a completely bogus LHW title shot, and the rest of the division is now up in the air…

    Do they simply push back the Mousasi-Gustafsson fight? If so, to which card? How much of a delay?

    Assuming that fight happens, a win for Gustafsson still earns him the next title shot, yes? But what if Mousasi wins? Does it revert back to Machida?

    Speaking of whom, will Lyoto wait around for all of this to shake out? Or given this latest development, which will cause further delay, will Lyoto want to take another fight in order to stay active? (dude has fought twice in the past 15 months and counting)

    Oh well, at least Chael gets another title shot. Yay money.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Machida’s already said that he wants to keep fighting and not wait, that he’s a fighter and wants to do his job


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