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Chael Sonnen Likes Jon Jones, But Scoffs At The Rest Of The Light Heavyweights

Say what you will about Chael Sonnen, but the man is not apt to let something go unaddressed if he feels it needs addressing. That’s how the middleweight contender got onto the subject of the light heavyweight division during a recent appearance on’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

Sonnen praised newly-crowned champ Jon Jones through and through, but questioned the mettle of the 23-year old’s peers.

“He brings more to the table than just being the world champion,” Sonnen said of Jones. “He brings integrity, he brings class, he’s good for the industry and he’s good for the sport. And most importantly, you need to do what’s good for sport. I get real frustrated with these guys who are just in it for themselves. But listen, Ariel, Jon Jones is not the hot topic of 205 pounds. The hot topic that everybody should be talking about is that he’s been the champion for three weeks and not one coward at 205 has challenged him. Not one guy has called him out and said, ‘I want to fight that guy.’ If you’re all scared of a 23-year-old kid, turn your gloves in, sign your pink slip and show yourself the door.

“The one guy they say gets to fight him comes out and says, ‘I don’t want to fight him.'” he went on, in reference to Rashad Evans. “If you don’t want to fight him, go. This is a business to become champion. All these guys want to tell everyone they’re in the UFC, but they don’t want to have to carry the heavy water. Challenge Jon Jones if you’re at 205. But what do you expect from a weight class that allowed a karate guy [Lyoto Machida] to be champion.”