The UFC has selected Chael Sonnen to coach opposite current light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, during the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” and the Portland native will get a shot at the champ on April 27.
Even though it’s pretty clear that Sonnen doesn’t deserve a shot at the UFC’s light-heavyweight title, “The American Gangster” has a different point of view. Not one to mince words, Sonnen continued his verbal assault against Jones during Tuesday’s (Oct. 16) episode of “UFC Tonight.”
“He should not have been pressured into this,” Sonnen said about Jones. “I did everything I could to warn this guy. I held up a big [sign] that said, ‘Hey Jon, I’m coming to the division, which puts you on notice to pack up your bags and get out of it.’ He was talking about going to heavyweight, and he should have done it. The bottom line is, he waited too long, and now the man has arrived.”
Not only is Sonnen certain that he’ll emerge victorious after the two collide, he’s also confident that he’ll be the better coach during the show.
“The Ultimate Fighter has some tremendous young talent on it,” Sonnen added. “I will be taking 50 percent of that talent and teaching them how to fight. The other half is going to be taught how to be selfish and entitled brats by Jones.”
Sonnen’s ability to self-promote is the main reason he’s been selected to get the next shot at “Bones,” so it’s not surprising to see him on the airwaves shortly after the fight was announced.
Unfortunately for Chael Sonnen, only his most loyal fans give him much of a chance against Jones, and he didn’t get much love from oddsmakers either, who currently have Jones as a 9:1 favorite.
Sonnen obviously didn’t learn his lesson about talking trash to better fighters during his last outing against Anderson Silva — where he ended up getting embarrassed in the second round — and I don’t think he’ll that lesson this time around either.
As much as I hate the Jones vs. Chael Sonnen matchup, a part of me can’t wait to see Chael receive another brutal beat-down inside the Octagon. I don’t dislike the guy, I just don’t like the fact that more deserving fighters — who actually have a legitimate chance against Jones — are being passed over.
Even Sonnen’s long-time training partner/buddy, Dan Henderson, wasn’t happy when he found out “The American Gangster” will fight Jones next.
“I guess I should just quit training to win fights and to be exciting for the fans and just go to [expletive] talking school. @danawhite,” Henderson tweeted.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.