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Chael Sonnen Training To Fight Jon Jones – When He’s Called Upon

Chael Sonnen believes he will be in the main event of UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort next Saturday. And Sonnen’s training as if his name has already been added to the bout sheet.

Sonnen, who is set to face Forrest Griffin in December, believes Vitor Belfort will pull out of the planned main event with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The former UFC middleweight contender doesn’t want to be ill-prepared when that happens, so he is putting himself through the ringer as if he was scheduled to fight.

“Chael Sonnen is in a full training camp right now,” UFC president Dana White told recently. “He’s been training since he got offered the Jones fight (for UFC 151). He said, ‘I’m in full camp right now because Vitor will get hurt and pull out, and it will be Jones vs. Sonnen, anyway.”

UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort takes place September 22 from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Jones declined a short-notice fight with Sonnen for September 1, citing not enough time to prepare for a change in opponents from Dan Henderson to Sonnen.