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Chael Sonnen Feels The Pressure Of Another UFC Main Event, Title Fight

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.”