In an odd turn of events, the headlining fight of UFC 159 is going to go on without any sort of contractual agreement, according to UFC Light Heavyweight Contender Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen has recently gone on former WWE Wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin’s “The Steve Austin Show” and stated that he has been without a UFC contract for several months now. He also told Austin how his fight with UFC Middle Weight Champ Anderson Silva, and his upcoming fight with UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones are both fights of which Sonnen has not signed nor seen bout agreements for.
“I never, to this day I don’t have a contract to fight Anderson Silva,” Sonnen stated in the interview. “I never signed an agreement that said I would fight him, we never picked a dollar amount, we never picked a weight class. Nothing. I told those guys I would show up and I did.
“They never had a contract with me, they said what they would do and they did. My UFC contract expired about four months ago, I don’t know if they just haven’t realized it because they’re so busy, or if they just know they don’t need one with me. But, I got a world title fight coming up, we’ve got a sold out venue — I don’t have a piece of paper with my name on it or Jon Jones’ or anything else, but I don’t need one either.”
“I will be there, I said I would be there, and that is how they do business,” said Sonnen. “If Dana White says something then that’s it.”
Should a situation like this leave fans believing that a fight with Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen may not happen on April 27th? Sonnen has not led anyone to believe that he wont show up to fight when he says he will. On the contrary, he was the one man to step up and call out Jon Jones when Jones’ opponent, Dan Henderson, fell pray to injury forcing him out of the bout; one that would be cancelled due to Jones’ unwillingness to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice.
Like Sonnen has stated, he said he will be there and fans will expect him to, contract or no contract. Chael Sonnen has proven to fans that when the song plays he will walk into the cage and put his life on the line whether he has signed it or not.
Chael Sonnen looks to dethrone the seemingly untouchable Light Heavyweight Champion ‘Jon Bones’ Jones on April 27th at UFC 159 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.