Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen will coach TUF; Title fight set for April of next yearPosted on October 16, 2012, 02:38 PM by Mike Drahota
Apparently, even if Dana White could have gotten Anderson Silva to say 'yes' to a superfight with Jon Jones, that fight would have had to wait for quite some time anyhow. Breaking news comes that Jones will act as coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, and will be pitted against former Middleweight title challenger and trash-talk specialist Chael Sonnen. The two were almost on their way to a UFC 151-saving bout on September 1st before the now-infamous incident of Jones turning down the fight. Now, it will take place for certain, and on April 27th, 2013.
The story, confirmed by the Los Angeles Times here, will lead to a cancellation of Sonnen's expected foray back into the Light Heavyweight division, where he was set to fight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in late December. Now, Sonnen will put that off to coach the up-and-coming prospects on TUF and then fight Jones for the Light Heavyweight crown. Last seen being finished by Silva for the second time, many fans are wondering if Sonnen actually deserves this fight. Whether he does or not, you can be sure that the hype leading up to this bout will be beyonfd monumental.
Set to begin filming on October 29th, the next season of TUF will culminate with a finale from the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, ovbviously featuring the pivotal title fight. Dana White is noticeably excited about the prospect of a Jones vs. Sonnen bout, and said the following today:
"This should be a good one. Jon has accepted the fight. He knows the fans want to see that fight."
Perhaps the fans do want to see that fight, but isn't there one that fans would want to see more, one that Dana White just yesterday guaranteed he could make happen? Nothing's guaranteed in MMA if this entire year has taught us anything. Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more on the situation as it develops. I'm sure there will be a lot.