UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jones has become decidedly more vocal as his reign at the top continues. However, he’s set to face the most vocal fighter of them all in Chael Sonnen this April 27th. Jones first seemed annoyed by Sonnen’s constant Twitter face-offs, but he told MMA Fighting it’s now all just more of the same:
“Chael’s [mouth] doesn’t bother me at all. I think if I was to take it personal, if I wasn’t to understand it, it would bother me. But I have a pretty clear understanding of who Chael is, what he’s accomplished, and my understanding kind of takes the power away from his words and his persona.”
“You can see that the talk has picked up a little bit. But Chael is in the ‘promote fight’ business. I guess that’s how he got in this situation in the first place. I’m in the ‘remain champion’ business. So, I’m excited. I’m excited to go out there and do what I do best, and that’s win championships.”
Jones’ words are quite blunt and to the point here, as he seems focused on winning the fight before him rather than winning the war of words. Most MMA fans and media are giving Sonnen nothing but a miracle’s chance to take the belt away from the dominant Jones, who’s been finishing former champions with relentless efficiency. A lot of people think Sonnen shouldn’t even be in this fight, as he’s years removed from even fighting at 205. But Jones isn’t going to let that make him look past Sonnen:
“I never feel overconfident. I’m definitely not complacent. I’m aware of defeat. I lose at something every day in practice. That keeps me on my toes to not have that happen come fight night.”
“I understand who he is, both his gentleman side, and him being Chael the promoter. I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of both sides of him. I’m ready to beat him up.”
Jones appears calm and confident after his very first stint as a TUF coach. He’s accepted the fact that Chael Sonnen is a fighter who does use his words more than any other weapon he may have. Will this be anything other than a complete whitewash for the champ?