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[BREAKING] Jones vs. Sonnen Announced for TUF 17, Title Fight Set for April 27th

(Let this be a lesson to all you up-and-coming fighters out there: Wearing a fake belt and talking trash on Twitter will do more for your career than legitimate wins ever will.) 

What the fucking fuck, you guys.

Look, we know that we’ve been all over The Ultimate Fighter’s ass lately, citing such complaints as their tired formula, lackluster fighters/fights, and steadily declining viewership. We also remember that when Chael Sonnen stepped in to face Jon Jones on a week’s notice, we were all for it. But when Dana White announced to the LA Times some minutes ago that Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones had been booked as opposing coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, with a title fight set for April 27th, our reaction was that of horror and revulsion.

This is madness, pure and simple. Let’s look past the fact that Chael Sonnen has not fought at light heavyweight since his UFC debut way back at UFC 55, or the fact that he was supposed to fight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155, or that he is just coming off a loss to Anderson Silva, or that there is at least one legitimate contender in line before him, or that Dana White just got through telling us that the winner of Shogun/Gustafsson would likely receive the next title shot. Actually, we can’t look past any of that. In no alternate universe does this matchup make sense.

In an effort to shut up us dumb media types and help boost ratings for a show that has long since passed its prime, Dana White and the UFC have apparently agreed to sacrifice the legitimacy of the light heavyweight title/division. Believe me when I say that I loathe making this comparison, but we are witnessing some WWE-type bullshit right here. Sonnen talks some trash to Jones on Twitter and all of a sudden he’s a contender? Without even winning a fight in the division? This is exactly what we were worried about. Stepping up on short notice is one thing, but putting the light heavyweight division on hold for yet another squash match simply because it will net the promotion a greater financial gain is, simply put, a shameful decision on the UFC’s part.

Will this break the ratings slide that TUF has been facing as of late? Undoubtedly. Will Sonnen make for one of the greatest TUF coaches of all time? You bet your bottom dollar he will. Is this a completely transparent and shallow move by the UFC? Abso-fucking-lutely. It really puts into perspective what motivates The Baldfather these days.

I await your vitriol-filled public response, Dana.

-J. Jones

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algiersheadkick504- October 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm
the ufc should have made jones move up to heavyweight after his last gimme fight against an injuried middleweight (that almost broke his arm)
overeem/jones tuf would have been huge and we could see jones fight someone his soze for once.
Grandmas Nutmeg- October 18, 2012 at 9:07 am
Totally looking forward to a season of Chael talking shit about his fellow coach and the members of the other team. Looking forward to Jones getting belligerently drunk, assaulting Chael, then leading police on a drunken high speed chase. Mark my words if it actually happens, I will go pay full price for a pair of Nikes.
holeeball- October 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm
SHARK. The UFC has jumped it.
BaghdadBob- October 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm
A-fuckin'-men, ArmFarmer
ArmFarmer- October 17, 2012 at 9:50 am
Not only are they choosing entertainment over credibility, they are choosing reality tv entertainment. It's not like they are just booking a strange but fun fight.. they are taking their champion and "contender" away from the sport to invest in a tv show that nobody gives a shit about anymore anyway. That's what kills me, the fact they haven't learned that their championship belts are more important than a trashy reality show that produces ratings by having shitty fighters pee in each others fruit and tear down cardboard doors.
BaghdadBob- October 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm
smellypiratehooker- October 17, 2012 at 8:50 am
Completely ridiculous. It's one thing to find Sonnen entertaining and I admit, what he did to Silva in their first fight was unpresidented and he is a funny motherfucker. But how you get from him wrestling Silva for 5 mins in the first fight to him getting a shot at the light-heavyweight title is a mindfuck. The best guys that he has beaten at light-heavy are Jason Lambert and Trevor Prangley.

What gave people this notion that" he comes to fight" is what he was able to do at middle-weight, not Light-heavy weight. He was the bigger stronger man that dumped people on the ground and threw pillow punches, end of story. I have never seen any of his opponents that bloodied or marked up so sorry to crush this idea that he is some killer. Now, with all that said, he is going in there against someone who has decimated almost every opponent he has went against, like him or not(I prefer not).

The only conclusion that I can draw from this match-up, is that the UFC has decided entertainment before credibility and fuck them for taking it at least a little away from being a fighting competition and in the direction of Smackdown.
ArmFarmer- October 17, 2012 at 8:41 am
@nutpuncher If the headline of this article was "Jon Jones tortures puppies for fun" it would probably have 100+ comments, but would that mean any of us are happy about the news? Bringing in a large number of comments doesn't indicate good news, it indicates that something stupid happened and people are pissed off.
bitteralex- October 17, 2012 at 7:26 am
I stopped watching TUF a long time ago. Having these two asshats as coaches arent going to change that. Sonnen is gonna teach his guys the proper technique of shooting up with T while Bones will school his boys in how to be a fake ass bitch. Has anyone been actually clamouring for these two to fight?
mma4ever- October 17, 2012 at 7:22 am
Does anyone have info on who will be there training staff- just curious
knucklesamitch- October 17, 2012 at 7:21 am
I will always pay money to see Chael fight, win or lose, he's entertaining and comes to FIGHT. There's no one out there that I'd say has a chance at beating Jones, so I might as well be entertained while I watch him win.
Sniffer-Piffits- October 17, 2012 at 6:32 am
How the hell did we go from waiting for Hendo to H-bomb Jones into reality to now a MW is getting a title shot in his first fight back at LHW? That's more gay than a bag of dicks.
holeeball- October 17, 2012 at 5:44 am
Chael vs Rampage / Rashad I could buy that. But Chael vs Wooden Board? Meh.
I'll watch it if they have no fighters and fights other than Chael verbally abusing Johnnie.
Scratch that -- I'll watch it if it's called 'Watch grass grow' narrated by Chael Sonnen
The Irish Hammer- October 17, 2012 at 5:28 am
This will be an entertaining TUF season with Chael and Jones, regardless of the fighters that are on the show. And everyone knows that Chael will probably lose, but he always makes for an exciting fight. Stop crying about whether or not he deserves the belt and enjoy the fight. One thing is guaranteed, barring Jones getting injured, the fight will happen. This fight wont get shuffled around. Stop whining. Be entertained. Geez.
Anhonestmoose- October 17, 2012 at 4:59 am
I mercifully wake up on my own couch after a 4 day binge to find this? I guess on the upside it's big enough news to make it onto ESPN. At least I have something to think about while I spend my final day off in recovery mode.
HardCoreSupps- October 17, 2012 at 4:21 am
Chael, Dana and Henderson have it worked out. Chael will coach the season then get hurt and Dan Henderson will be the late replacement title shot!!!
Nut Puncher 9000- October 17, 2012 at 1:25 am
This article was commented on over 3 x that of any of the other 9 on this page...its not a coincidence. I bet I would have to open quite a few articles too in order to find the last that has drummed up 50 comments of interest. Does it offend your tender sensibilities that they are putting on a show that even YOU will still anticipate and buy JJ? The UFC needs a big event now more than ever and having the entire season of TUF to promote it is genius. Show some respect for the baldfather and his matchmakers. When he leaves the sport, there will be a strong possibility of MMA just fading away...along with your hobby/career...#ItOnlyMattersIfYou/TheyAreWatching.
XxStifflerxX- October 17, 2012 at 12:50 am
So Overeem who just came back from a SUSPENSION gets an instant tittle shot, regardless. And Hendo who has kicked ass and fought his way to it faced an INJURY and in return he gets his tittle shot taken away? Wtf?
andersonsilvanewfoundland- October 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Cagepotato's soreness/bitterness from Dana stomping on the credibility of this site as a source is so painfully obvious in the way these articles are written. Get over it,you guys
xxoddus- October 17, 2012 at 4:04 am
This has nothing to do with Cagepotato and Dana Whites relationship. Dan Henderson, Machida, Shogun, who all fight in light heavyweight are being skipped over so that a mediocre middleweight can fight JJ for the belt. This is completely absurd. BTW, I just want everyone to know that I'm sick and tired of these motherfuckers who read cagepotato, have taken the time to create a log-in, and read the articles bitching, complaining, and moaning about what they think is wrong with these site. Get a fucking life, don't come to this website, start your own site if it bothers you that much. This article is absolutely correct. If, as a MMA fan, this fight doesn't bother you at least a little bit your a fucking moron and miss the whole reasoning behind winning fights to move up in your division. Ranting over, thank you
Carlos Conned It- October 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm
A fellow atlantic canadian hahaha
Rxforpain- October 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm
Like I've been saying on this website for a while: belts mean shit these days. Belts are no more than a marketing gimmick to garner more PPV buys.

HW: Overeem beating brock, testing positive, coming back a year later to an automatic title shot. Har Har. $$.

LHW: Belfort & Sonnen back to back? Aren't these guys suppose to be last minute replacements? How the hell did they get upgraded to rightful contenders??

MW: 50/50 on legit contenders and scrubs. Anderson cleaned out the division a while ago, time to move up or retire.

WW: Been a clusterfuck since GSP vs. Shields which was well over a year ago.

LW: Edgar fights BJ 2x, fights Maynard 2x, fights Henderson 2x. Not only are automatic rematches boring, but apparently they go to the judges score cards 83% of the time.
macreadysshack- October 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Plus, can anybody imagine any kind of verbal 'duel' between Chael and duh-duh-duh Jones? Fortunately, I don't think Chael is above having a machine-gun fight with an unarmed man. I usually don't give a shit about tough-talk but this will likely make Rashart vs Tampage look like a school yard. Oh, wait, it did all by itself. You get the picture.
macreadysshack- October 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm
Good. This gives Chael time to put on weight. IF he is only doing TRT at TRT doses (that's a pretty big IF, too), it still takes some time to put PROPER weight on. He's ultra strong at '85 but he'll never have the freakish strength and leverage of Jones but I'm super glad he'll have time to get as close as possible. I like Chael very much but I don't give him a snowball's chance. Still, this should be very entertaining AND it's no freak-show. Chael has a better chance against Jones than Bonner did against Silva - Bonner had a snow-flake's chance. I do feel a little sad that after Jones beats Chael, Chael won't have anywhere left to chase titles. I think he might take his ball and go home. Now that I think about it, though, Chael will probably stick around for the money seeing how his other business ventures will likely lead to jail time. Just wait until we find out what's really going on at 'Mean Streets Pizza'. It's not going to be pretty.
Sempronius- October 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm
This is how anderson skates...
samclark- October 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm
At least Chael is entertaining. I'd much rather listen to Chael troll the entire sport of MMA than a nerd menstruate about his upcoming fight.
shedlikeittosnow- October 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm
this article was written by a nerd throwing a tantrum
Nippletwist- October 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm
man i know i was talking a lot before about how retarded this is, but actually i'm actually really excited for this. i'm not just excited to see chael on the show, i'm pumped to see how jones does as a coach too, and to see how combative they get with eachother on the show. and i think jon jones is going to really hurt chael when they fight, like it's gonna be a real savage beatdown, and that's going to be fucking sweet too. chael won't be able to stand with him at all, chaels standup kind of fucks to begin with, to put him against a striker like jones with like a foot of reach advantage, he's got no chance. and chael will not be able to lay n pray because bones is bigger, stronger, and a great wrestler. this is going to be a slaughter, and i can't wait to watch chael get his ass kicked again. and after this chaels career will pretty much be over, there will be nothing left for him, which will make it even sweeter. so as much as i talked about how retarded this is before, i am actually loving this.
macreadysshack- October 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Tell Okami that Chael's stand-up sucks. It's not elite, I'll give you that, but it doesn't suck. Whatever, I sound like a Sonnen nut-hugger LOL OMG WTF ROTFL. I'm drunk. ish. It's no excuse for acting ghey. Sorry.