The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will defend his belt against Chael Sonnen on April 27, when the two headline the UFC 159 fight card at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
After peacefully co-existing during the filming of the 17th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” both men have switched things up, and the insults continue to flow heading into their UFC 159 title bout. Sonnen poked fun of Jones’ brush with the law, while “Bones” questioned the Portland native’s heart during a promo.
Jones took things to another level during the April 16 episode of “UFC Tonight,” questioning the legitimacy of Sonnen’s entire MMA career.
“People know that he [Sonnen] has done steroids throughout his whole career, that’s probably the reason why his testosterone is low now,” Jon responded when asked by Dominick Cruz to clarify comments he made during the promo. “I don’t think that he has the heart or attitude of a champion. So that’s what I meant when I said he lacks a champion’s soul.”
While Jones remains respectful of Chael’s fighting ability, he’s confident “The American Gangster” will suffer the same fate as others who have dared challenge him for the light-heavyweight strap.
“I’m really not concerned with too many of Chael’s gifts,” Jones added. “Chael is an awesome fighter. He has pretty good boxing, he loves his wrestling and he’s been really successful with his wrestling. He has really good ground-n-pound, and I’ve just familiarized myself with the whole thing and I’m really comfortable with what I’m getting ready to face. And I wouldn’t say any of it really concerns me. I’m just ready to go out there, react, be instinctual, and do my best and try to do what I do.”
Jon has every reason to be self-assured heading into his UFC 159 fight against Sonnen, considering the fact virtually everything seems to be stacked in his favor. Jones — a native of New York — will get to fight close to home, and he’ll also enjoy a 10.5-inch reach advantage. Bones is the technically superior striker, arguably the better grappler, and definitely the more athletically-gifted fighter, so it’s hard to fault him for his confidence heading into UFC 159.