Chael Sonnen made his final appearance on UFC Tonight earlier this week, as he will head into training camp to focus his attention on an April fight with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.
The two will comprise the main event of UFC 159 from Newark, New Jersey.
While many have questioned Sonnen’s inclusion in a title fight at 205 pounds despite not competing there in years, he offered up his take to silence those critics – as only Chael P. Sonnen can:
You know politics play a role in our sport, just like any other, and I wanted to explain directly to the fans exactly how my participation in the title fight with Jon Jones came about. I got a call one day from Dana, and he ‘said listen Chael, I’m putting you to work. You see I overpaid for this light heavy who I now realize is a jerk. He’s winning fights, not with brains or with brawn, and his matches and his one-armed cartwheels are making the whole crowd yawn. Nobody is coming to see him, not in living rooms, or in bars. Why don’t you send this guy to Cirque du Soleil or Dancing with the Stars.’ … So Jon, I’m coming to New Jersey, ‘cause I got a job to do. I’m a fully loaded cannon, boy, and I’m pointing right at you. So here’s a little advice, go get in your car and go hit another tree, do whatever you gotta do to stay away Jones, you don’t want to fight me.
And, have no worry, as Sonnen will return to his role as host on the show soon after the fight I am sure.