Chael Sonnen has been in the role of contender before, twice fighting UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. This Saturday night, he gets another crack at becoming a champion, taking on Jon Jones.
The two will collide from New Jersey for Jones’ UFC light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen. The added pressure that comes with a title fight and headline act is what pushes Sonnen.
“There is always pressure, that pressure is earned,” he said, during a conference call. “If you’ve never done anything in this sport, you are never going to have pressure. Yeah, there is a lot of pressure. He is a tough guy, a tough environment; that’s the sport, that’s what it is. I don’t earn title shots, title shots earn me. The main event comes after me.”
Sonnen and Jones almost fought last year, but “Bones” turned down the short-notice contest. They proceeded to spend several weeks together filming The Ultimate Fighter.
“As great as Jon is, I don’t think he understands how good he is,” Sonnen stated. “The reality is, Jon Jones could beat Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali in the same day. News flash: you are the best.”