Since the only significant issue Jon Jones appeared to have in his UFC 159 bout with Chael Sonnen was destroying his toe, most people didn’t seem to have a problem with the fight’s stoppage. Although the former middleweight contender didn’t appear to be seriously hurt, not many people were giving Sonnen much of a chance to dethrone Jones to begin with.
Well, at a Q&A session recently, Sonnen was asked to comment on the loss to Jones, which came after the light-heavyweight champ landed several hard elbows and punches from above (he’s been known to do that). When asked if he thought the fight may have been stopped prematurely, Sonnen noted (quote via MMA Weekly.com):
“I do think it was stopped too early. I was surprised when they stopped the fight.”
“Anytime you’re in that type of competition, whether you agree with it or you don’t agree with it, you get up and you walk out because those are the rules,” he said. “I’ve won plenty of fights where they stopped them too early, so it goes both ways. Yes, it was stopped too early.”
That’s a pretty open minded way to look at it. Then, when Sonnen was asked if he’s interested in fighting Jones again, the fighter’s self promoting gifts truly shone through.
“You’ve got to understand, I stayed to fight. I walked out of the ring. That’s more than I can say for Jon Jones,” said Sonnen. “I stayed to fight. His little piggy ran to the market. And I’m supposed to somehow be impressed because he got a couple of takedowns?”
The 36 year-old star then added “I’d sure like to do it again,” before noting he’s set to face a “true legend” in “Shogun” Rua on August 17th. That bout will headline UFC on FS1 1 at the TD Garden Arena in Boston.