By Jamie McAllister
The UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is scheduled to face former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson at UFC 151. That hasn’t stopped Chael Sonnen attempting to bait the current champion into a future bout.
Some have speculated that Sonnen may be trying to set up a title bout with the champion with a win over Forrest Griffin however UFC President Dana White was quick to shut those rumors down.
Sonnen commented while appearing on UFC Tonight and stated why he is not expecting a bout between himself and Jones to happen.
“Look I will never fight Jones. He will never fight me. He is surrounded by a bunch of yes men. Is Chael better than me, they say yes. Will Chael beat me, they say yes. Will Chael take my title, they say yes.”
When he began his verbal assault on Jones many were surprised when the champion responded labelling Sonnen a coward and cheat. Sonnen addressed Jones comments and made sure he pointed out the fact that he is a ‘gangster’ and not a ‘cheat’.
“Well you know I am not a cheater, I am a gangster and we follow our own set of rules and it’s up to other gangers to attempt to stop me…duh. I think that whenever Jon does anything, it’s very cute. I used to protect kids like him in school. If Jon was here right now, I’d put him in a headlock and give him a little ‘noogie,’ maybe a sucker, then pat him on the back and send him on his way. That’s about as much time as I spend thinking about Jon Jones.”
Sonnen also discussed the UFC 151 main event between his friend and former training partner Dan Henderson and Jon Jones. Sonnen recently stated that the bout between Henderson and Jones will determine who is the greatest Light-Heavyweight ever, he also believes that the ‘man’ Henderson will defeat the ‘talented kid’ Jones.
“I didn’t understand the whole thing. He has to focus to beat Dan Henderson, which he won’t do. I don’t think he should be focusing on me he should be focusing on Dan Henderson’s right hand. He says that I provided him with motivation, but Jones, isn’t that your coach’s job? I mean do you want me to give you the number to the bat phone and you can just call me and pay me 10 percent for my rhetorical skills? The only thing we need to know about Jones, is which hospital we need to send the flowers too.”
Before Sonnen finished he had one last parting shot for the UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion. According to Sonnen he doesn’t need to fight Jones he just wants to.
“Look, Jon. I don’t need to fight you. I’m the highest paid fighter in the UFC. I shatter pay-per-view and television records. I don’t need to beat you up, Jon. I just want to.”
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