Not many people believe Chael Sonnen will be able to solve the unsolvable puzzle that is UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The two will collide later this month at UFC 159 in New Jersey, despite Sonnen not having recorded a win at 205 pounds in years.
Still, Jones’ trainer, Greg Jackson, knows that the outspoken one holds many interesting cards in his stack, as he told BloodyElbow.com recently.
There are a lot of danger zones with Chael. Chael is tougher than a lot of people give him credit for. When we didn’t want to fight him on three days notice or whatever, we’d never fight anybody on such short notice for somebody at Jon Jones level. People think he doesn’t have any punching power, but then you see him drop Anderson Silva. Once he gets on top of you, it’s trouble, and a lot of guys can’t seem to get around that ground and pound style, so if you don’t do things correctly with him, you get in trouble real quick.
The two were coaches on the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter, allowing each access to the other. Jackson believes he knows exactly where Sonnen will try to strike come fight night.
We have to make sure we take him very seriously. He’s a very tough opponent and he’s very smart. He’s going to try to negate the length and push the fight forward, and we have to be ready for that. We have to be ready for a 25 minute, all out war. He’s going to try to wear Jon down with his cardio. We have to be ready for all of those eventualities to make sure that Jon is on point and ready and can execute his gameplan. It’s not going to be an easy fight.
So, do you feel Sonnen can take Jones down like he did Anderson Silva, finishing the job this time? Or will it be a record-tying performance for “Bones.”