Chael Sonnen nearly shocked the MMA world when he took it to Anderson Silva back in 2010. After dominating the first four rounds, though, Sonnen was caught in a submission and defeated by the UFC middleweight champion.
Now, Sonnen will get his chance to make an impact again, as he meets UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in April at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.
Despite having not fought at 205 pounds in several years, Sonnen received the opportunity to meet Jones after accepting a short notice fight with “Bones.” Jones, however, turned down the fight and Sonnen went on a verbal tirade that resulted in the two becoming coaches for The Ultimate Fighter.
“There’s a rumor going around that says Jon Jones is the best,” Sonnen said. “We’re going to find out who wins – the best or the baddest?”
UFC president Dana White said, “This fight with Chael is personal! Chael called Jones out and said a lot of things about him. Chael always comes to fight and I’m very interested in this matchup.”
The two will be featured as coaches on TUF beginning January 22 on FX. They are set to collide April 27 in Newark, New Jersey.