Jon Jones Says Chael Sonnon Doesn’t Deserve UFC Title Fight
Jon Jones recently told MMAJunkie that Chael Sonnen doesn’t deserve a light heavyweight title fight against him, but that he agreed to it so he could shut him up.
“Chael definitely doesn’t deserve to fight me, and everybody sees that,” Jones said. “As long as people see that at the end of the day, I’m happy with that. But at the same time, a lot of people have said, ‘Why not be the guy to shut him up once and for all? Why not be the guy to make his words very irrelevant once and for all – put a stamp on what Anderson did to him.’ That’s what I’m going to try to do.”
Sonnon has been trash-talking to Jones for awhile now, calling him “Little J.J.” and making jokes about Jones’ misdemeanor DWI arrest from May. Jones says that Sonnen’s shots are more entertaining than hurtful.
“Earlier in my career, I would have taken things a lot more to heart, I think,” Jones said. “But I’ve faced so much adversity in such a short amount of time, it’s just really making the game so easy. I’m facing all the drama, all the controversy, I’m facing it at such an early stage, there’s going to be nothing left for me sooner or later.”
Jones added that it was the challenge of taking on the sport’s most-revered trashtalker and doing so in the pressure cooker that is “The Ultimate Fighter” that made him take the fight.
“I’m doing what most people wouldn’t dare to do: face this guy’s main gift while being around him all day, every day for six weeks,” Jones said. “Most people can’t stand to have Chael be interviewed about them. Most people want Chael on their side. Chael can be intimidating when it comes to insults and selling a fight. But I’m doing what most people would think I’m crazy to do. I’m going to be around you all day, every day. Let’s hear what you got.
“I’m a winner. I believe I’m a winner. When you’re a winner, why should you be afraid of anybody’s gift? He’s got the gift of gab. So what? I believe me just simply being myself will prevail. I’ll out-do any tactics or insult that Chael has for me, and at the end of the day, I think I’ll win because I’m confident in being a good person.”
The two are currently filming The Ultimate Fighter 17 in Las Vegas and will then face each other April 27th at a UFC PPV expected to take place in New Jersey.