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Quinton Jackson turned down TUF coaching gig against Chael Sonnen

Scores of MMA fans were left upset by the UFC’s decision to book light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against Chael Sonnen after the two face off on the Ultimate Fighter 17 as coaches. However, it looks like the organization initially went a different route before bringing Jones into the equation.

According to both UFC President Dana White and Quinton Jackson, the plan was originally to have Sonnen square off against “Rampage” on the show and eventually inside the Octagon. However, despite Jackson’s well-documented dislike of Sonnen, the 34-year old ultimately turned the tilt down.

“I don’t want to fight Chael. He’s the kind of fighter that I don’t want to fight. He’s a boring fighter that just wants to hump people,” explained Jackson of his decision in a conversation with MMAFighting.

Jackson has gone on record a number of times stating Sonnen lacks overall skills and is as boring inside the cage as he is entertaining outside of it. Still, while the former title-holder may not appreciate what Sonnen represents as a fighter, it appears he at least respects the grappler’s takedown ability to the point he doesn’t want to risk being on his backside for the bulk of a bout.


  • MCM says:

    Well that makes a bit more sense.

    I’m also glad to see that Chael accepted the change in coaches. I mean, he’s been training to coach against Rampage, who has a completely different coaching style than Jones. Rampage has coached on national TV twice, where as Jones is just gonna walk in having never coached before in his UFC career. I don’t know, this could be the biggest mistake of Chaels coaching career. At least he didn’t refuse to coach which could have cancelled TUF all together.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t blame Jackson, he’s already coached twice and the second time he didn’t come out so well. But I would love to see them fight, it’d make me so happy to see Sonnen take him down and keep him down for three rounds.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Nice MCM..very nice

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Another Rampage story? yawn.

    Maybe if he didn’t totally spit the bit in his last few fights while running his mouth non stop, it might be different.

    Let’s revisit Rampage when he proves he can beat your average mid carder again.


    Rampage is just getting older and a bit more bitter-it’s bound to happen- even to some of the best of us


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