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Wednesday, 05/01/2013, 09:13 am

Chael Sonnen Says Being In the Cage With Jones Was Like Fighting A Bear

“This was like getting into a bear cage. This guy was a monster of a man. We weighed in at the same size the day before, and I don’t know how that was possible. I put my arms around him and I thought, ‘oh my god, you’re a big guy.’ As far as the match went, I got beat up.”

Chael Sonnen took his usual seat at the UFC Tonight hosting table last night and for the first time addressed last weekend’s main event against Jon Jones.

Here are some more snips from that discussion:

On the Stoppage: “It’s two-fold, any time the ref helps you and stops a fight to keep you from getting hurt, you never want to come out and say anything that could disparage his judgment. At the same time, we’re in the middle of an ass-whipping contest, let us get after it. When I had my hands up because a guy is punching me, that’s called defense. But I never want to question a referee.”

On winning the belt due to Jon’s broken Toe: “Diplomatically you don’t ever want to win that way. The ones that hurt are the ones you’re supposed to win and then you blow it. But if it was given to me, I would have grabbed that belt, I would have held it up, grabbed the mic and told the crowd the golden rule is ‘he with the gold rules,’ and I would have walked out of the place and never looked back.”

On the game plan for the fight: “I was going to have to grind him down. I could see him he poses a lot of problems. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s got the wing span of a radioactive condor. I knew he’d take me down, but I never thought that he could take me down repeatedly. That was a surprise. And the fact that he tried so quickly, I was thrown off a little.”


63 Responses to “Chael Sonnen Says Being In the Cage With Jones Was Like Fighting A Bear”

  1. magoo says:

    BJ; One more question Chael does Anderson have a hope in Hell of beating Jon?
    CS; …..NO.

  2. Bob says:

    Styles make fights and dont count out anderson silva jist because jones ate him up. Also dont forget anderson silva beat vitor belfort faster then jones did so it goes both ways. Jones is a wrestler andersons not. Jones would have to pass silvas strikes before he can get in to wrestle. Remember machida was the only one to come close and silva has similar fighting styles and train together. Depending on how old 38 years is treating silva i think silva can still beat jones

    • Beau says:

      well, I agree with you that style make fights. Yes, Jones is bigger and stronger than silva, no question, but don’t just think that all jones can do is wrestle. His striking is probably almost as fast if not AS fast as silva’s, and more powerful.
      So what that silva beat belfort faster than jones did? jones SUBMITTED a high level jiu jitsu black belt! When did silva do that? As far as striking goes, jones has been basically UNTOUCHED, silva has been thumped a few times by sonnen.
      In that match up, I would say jones because of size and strength, otherwise they are equals.

      • Kay Oss says:

        Agreed but Jones is still young and improving… that we have to think of him and Anderson as equals except that JJ is bigger and stronger is quite scary at this point! How good is Bones going to get?

      • Alan says:

        His striking is probably almost as fast if not AS fast as silva’s”

        – wrong. Silva’s striking is on another level to anyone in MMA today.

        jones SUBMITTED a high level jiu jitsu black belt! When did silva do that?

        – Travis Lutter. Look it up. Lutter was a far higher level black belt than Belfort.

        Having said that, I do agree with your main point: Jones would probably beat Silva: but ONLY because of his wrestling and the ability to control position. There is zero chance that Silva will be able to avoid the takedown, and Jon Jones on top is probably the scariest thing in the UFC.

  3. Rich says:

    It’s refreshing to see him humble.

  4. SlipSlap says:

    I cant help but wonder whether Jones would be champion or even a contender if he wasn’t allowed to use his elbows…

    • Brando says:

      that was a retarded point … this is UFC not boxing … elbows and knees are a staple of the game. he wouldnt be a LH boxing champ SURE … but he IS the champ in UFC … YOU SIR … ARE STUPID.

  5. MMAFanatic says:


    “jones SUBMITTED a high level jiu jitsu black belt! When did silva do that?”

    Anderson defeated Travis Lutter via triangle choke at UFC 67.

  6. says:

    If by some miracle can avoid the takedown I believe he can win. No one is on the same level of striking as Anderson Silva, end of story. Not only has silva defeated a high lvl bjj black belt he has also dominated a man in the standup that even JJ could not finish; Stephan Bonnar. (Who also failed the post-fight drug test after their bout.) Bones does have power, but not strikingly fast knockout power like silva, he needs elbows and wrestling to tko guys. It will be a very interesting fight to watch.

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