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Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen Update: Hendo’s Pissed, Sonnen Starts Trash-Talking, The Injury That Made It Possible + More

(This fan-made hype video was first posted to YouTube on September 30th. Wow. CletusDamVan must have read The Secret.)

Ugh, you guys, I had the worst dream last night. I was at home, but it was actually the house I grew up in, you know? I was watching TV, and suddenly all the lights went out. Dana White walked in through the back door. He told me — and here’s the freaky part — that Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen would be coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, and they’d actually be fighting for the light-heavyweight belt in April. I was like, “Why? Why are you doing this?” And he said, “Because I fucking hate you.” And when he said that, I realized it wasn’t Dana White, it was my own father. Then, my teeth started cracking and falling out one by one, and-OH MY GOD NO! AHHHHHHHH! THIS CAN’T HAPPEN! THIS CAN’T HAPPEN! [scene]

Look, we’re not alone in our utter distaste for this booking. Elsewhere on the Internet, pundits have called Jones vs. Sonnen (vs. TUF) a thinly-veiled money grab that reeks of desperation and sets a horrible precedent. But this matchup is now our reality, and we have to deal with reality on reality’s terms. Here’s a sample of the fallout and news updates that yesterday’s bombshell kicked up:

- Tweet of the Day, from Dan Henderson: “I guess I should just quit training to win fights and to be exciting for the fans and just go to shit talking school. @danawhite”. Dan and Chael might be bros from way back, but that clearly doesn’t make this news any easier for Hendo to swallow. It’s insulting, really. Henderson is still the most rightful challenger to Jones’s belt, but an ill-timed injury has apparently put him on the UFC’s “pay no mind” list. Don’t make us say it.

- More sour grapes: Of course, Sonnen’s new opportunity now leaves Forrest Griffin without an opponent; FoGriff was originally supposed to meet Sonnen at UFC 155 in December. As you can imagine, Griffin doesn’t seem too thrilled about this latest development either, telling Ariel Helwani, “I’m not mad at him. Why fight your way to the top when you can talk your way to the top? I’m actually happy I’m not fighting him anymore, because watching his fights was boring and tedious.” The hot new rumor is that Griffin could possibly face the recently-wrecked Stephan Bonnar instead. Fine, whatever.

- And now, the Chael Sonnen reaction video you’ve all been waiting for/dreading…

(Props: fueltv)

This show has some tremendous young talent on it. I will be taking 50 percent of that talent and teaching them how to fight. The other half is going to be taught how to be selfish, entitled brats by Jones. The good news is that when it is all over, I’m sure Coach Jones will throw a hell of an afterparty…I did everything I could to warn this guy. [I told him] ‘Hey Jon, I’m coming to the division which puts you on notice to pack your bags and get put of there.’ He was talking about going to heavyweight and he should have done it. The bottom line is, he waited too long and now the man has arrived…I got the biggest arm, I got the greatest charm, and I do the most harm. I’m better than Jon Jones, I’m better than Sean Combs, and I’m even better than John Holmes.”

- The injury angle: So why is Jon Jones — a guy who was previously known for his fight frequency — now content to be sidelined until April 27th in order to play the straight man on a flailing reality show? Blame Vitor Belfort’s “nearacle” armbar, which caused a strained elbow ligament in Jones’s right arm that will require him to undergo physical therapy to rehab it. In other words, Jones wasn’t going to jump directly back in the cage anyway. When you consider that fact, the decision begins to make a lot more sense from the champ’s perspective: Keep yourself in the public’s eye through TUF, then take a squash match against a natural middleweight as your post-injury tune-up fight.

- Discussion topic #1: Will Jones and Sonnen both make it to their April 27th fight date intact, or will one be struck down by the TUF Coaches Curse?

- Discussion topic #2: “Lesnar couldn’t move the needle for TUF on Spike and some of you think Sonnen will do it on FX. Some of you don’t get reality.”

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ArmFarmer- October 18, 2012 at 6:21 am
What's with all the talk of everyone being terrified of Jones? Just because he's been able to use his ridiculous reach to keep guys on the outside, and crushed them with his wrestling and gnp when they do get in, doesn't mean they were terrified. The only one that might have looked that way was Rashad. Shogun wasn't afraid, he brought the fight to Jones, he just got smashed anyway. Bader, Bonnar, Hammil, Vera.. most of the guys he fought didn't just stand there looking terrified.. they just got utterly smashed by a superior fighter.
RwilsonR- October 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm
@ shatterproof - I agree with everything you said except "better credentialed wrestler." I have long been saying that Jon Jones has the best record against elite wrestlers in mma I have ever seen, and I think he'll thrash Sonnen. However, on straight wrestling credentials, Sonnen has more trophies on his wall by far.
smellypiratehooker- October 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm
I am so " goddamned out of my mind that I don't think that he will be able to double leg take him down." Jones will win (just to be clear, I am not a fan, just stating the obvious) and Jones will get a chance to breath. Of course Sonnen would take a fight with Cormier, he has nothing to lose. Christ, I'd fight Cormier for the money that whoever will. As for the best season, well that's putting a silk hat on a pig. Send that shit off on an iceberg like the eskimos and let it die.
shatterproof- October 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm
LOLOL, thanks commenters. I needed that.

Sonnen will bring it to Jones with a double-leg what-now? The much larger, better credentialed wrestler who has thrown guys with great clinch games and elite wrestling around with ease at every opportunity... that guy is going to be out-wrestled by the smaller less-credentialed wrestler? Sonnen fans know how to get a LOL, that's for sure.

Retarded meaningless fight, not worth the PPV buy without a strong supporting cast. Seems like the UFC might be as interested in repairing Jones' image as Greg and Jones themselves.
RwilsonR- October 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Pretty simple Dan: Chael agreed to step up on short notice, Hendo was one half of a two part deal that killed an event.
mma4ever- October 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Preach josh preach ...aaaaaamen
joshuan29- October 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm
If you think Sonnen can't double leg Jones you are outta your goddamned mind. This will be a fight. Jones should win, but Sonnen will not give him one second to breathe. The funny thing is everyone bitching about a guy who will literally fight anyone in the UFC. If they called Sonnen to fight Cormier in November I garuntee he'd take the fight. So tune in to the best season of TUF in years and watch as Bones Jones face someone for the first time in years that isn't scarred shitless of him.

Mr_Misanthropy- October 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm
Fuck it. I don't really care, I just want to watch people punch each other in the face.

Oh yeah... fuhk yew Tahkoe!
Mr_Misanthropy- October 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm
What the fuck do we know about reality? Apparently the UFC exists in Chael's universe where he's clearly the baddest man on the planet and we just catch their broadcast frequencies on our inter-dimensional telecom transponders.
mma4ever- October 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Hendos pissed...who cares retard fucked up a card for not dissclosing a injury and now he's mad learn to sell urself screw him
Get Off Me- October 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm
How is that fight scientist doing with the "Is Chael a ratings draw?" experiment Ben? Be good to have something like that right about now.
smellypiratehooker- October 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Well I've heard of some nut-hugging in my day but this surely takes the Rocky Mountain Oysters. I understand what it is to be a fan of a fighter. Hell, one of my favorites coming up is Rory MacDonald. But does that mean that I'm gonna throw common sense out the window and say "Not only does Rory deserve a fight with Anderson Silva because he talked a bunch of bullshit nonsense about him, but it makes sense because he will take the fight to him". There, that is all the justification you need to make the fight. Forget others who have fought and won in that division in say ohh, the last six years, Chaels loud noises take president. Now I found his antics amusing as well when he was beating top guys and I could actual fathom him winning possible. But he has no basis for shit talking here. Nothing warrents him getting a shot at jones. IS it any wonder that he chooses his most toxic vitrol for Champs? because there is so many star-struck schoolgirls out there that take one look in Chaels dreamy blue eyes, and believe anything he says.
Richard Fitzentite- October 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm
I don't have to believe it in order to like it. Dennis Rodman was an ass clown and I liked him too. Entertain me mother fuckers...entertain me. I don't care if he is ripping off Rowdy Roddy Piper (a fellow Oregonian), or some shitty movie, it is all in the delvery.

I can't stand Jones' justification for his bullshit. I don't want to hear about his "greatness" or how low key he is 5 days before he drunk crashes his Bently full of hookers. I love the art of shit talk and Chael is the pound for pound champ.

After Jones blasts Chael into retirement. We'll be back on track so just everbody, chill the fuck out.
Casa de los pantelones- October 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm
@ armfarmer

The underlying theme is complaining about a) who is the #1 contender and b) who do you want to see fight who. You can't have both and a large majority of people wanting jones vs silva, or any other superfight persay, are nothing more than hypocrites when someone elses name gets brought to light.

The #1 contender should, theoretically, be the toughest challenge to the belt holder. Also, to be the 'should' take any and all challengers.

The recipe for the UFC's success is not based on skill or merit or who is the #1 contender and deserving of a shot at the belt...the recipe is what's going to make them the most money.

So, with that said...thank you Dana for actually putting somebody in the cage with Jones who will have his tail untucked and actually do something. I am so sick and tired of hearing guys talk shit for months on end, only to get in the ring as if it were their first time...scared as hell to do anything.

I like the Chaels, the belchers, the dos santos' of the mma world. They come in to fight, and that is all a paying viewer can ask.

Who really wants to see jones and silva dance around and showboat all night...neither one wanting to engage...not me.
ArmFarmer- October 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm
I realize your point is that he will bring the fight, but my point is just because he brought it to anderson doesnt mean its going to work on jones. Chael barely hugged his way passed bisping, I just dont see this fight being as competitive as you think it will.
ArmFarmer- October 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Right cman, because Jones is so easily overpowered by smaller wrestlers. Nice catch though, that totally never occurred to us. Since sonnen was able to take down a smaller striker with no wrestling background he will surely take down the larger, stronger, elite wrestler thats ragdolled guys like bader, hammil, vlady, vera etc.
cman- October 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm
One point made you all ignore as you squawk like 12yro's who didn't get your my little pony in pink but purple.
Did Chanel talk his way in? Yes.
Can you find more deserving? Probably.
Will he show up unafraid and actually fight? Yes. And that's what silva didn't have, and jones is missing. Someone who will actually charge the bull. Even fight 2 silva became scary on a SLIP. Sonnen still threw caution out and went for it, prior silva looked bad. If he does the same with jones it will be outstanding, cuz I'm tired of people minimizing damage rather than fighting jones.
maazhii- October 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm
Its all about ratings and LOOK at the buzz it created good job Dana ,brilliant
dipsetkilla316- October 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Gay taco shut the fuck up and go make ur ufc dabyte like u said u were LOLOLOLOLOLOL no but really mad pumped for that i mean jones prob gonna destroy him but the TUF is def gonna bw better couse carwin and roy cant pull it off
PurpleDickMeat- October 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm
I don't know about you guys but i really enjoyed that John holmes interview link. Especially the part where the lady said she really liked trying to give holmes head but it was like trying to suck a telephone pole and that she wished she could get more of him in her mouth. Thanks CP!
Nippletwist- October 17, 2012 at 10:58 am
the entire mma world will stand salute and applaud when jones exterminates this annoying douchebag from the sport for good. i would rather see jones vs hendo or silva or even gustaffson, but i will take great pleasure in watching chael being mercilessly beaten down agaisnt a larger, stronger, faster, more skilled figthter. and after that we won't hear from him again, he'll officially be like the boy who cried wolf, even if he keeps talking shit people will finally ignore it and the sport can return to legitamacy without the sonnen virus screwing up proper rankings and title shots. and i have not watched tuf since the junie browning series whichever one that was, and i will be watching every episode of this one.
Onan- October 17, 2012 at 10:58 am
@rite leg: Do you read the comments here often? This place is nothing but complaining and negativity. It's just now the complaining is about the current "anti-golden boy" flavor of the month so dudes don't want to hear it.

When the complaining and negativity is about Anderson or Jones it's all welcome and part of what makes CP great. When it's about Sonnen and the UFC's contender system it's just the butt-hurts bleating. Make up your mind.
ArmFarmer- October 17, 2012 at 10:31 am
I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.. am I good fight for Jones?
rite leg ospitahl- October 17, 2012 at 10:21 am
@onan: sadly i agree about the routine, that doesnt change the fact that i would love to see it directed at jones.

gah damn man everybody needs to stop complaining. if all u have to say is negative then stop watching it and commenting on websites. we get it u hate dana and all that is ufc. so go back to hockey or some shit. chael is a good fight for him simply becuz chael has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Onan- October 17, 2012 at 10:04 am
Replace Jon Jones' name with Anderson Silva in Chael's commentary and you begin to see how tired this routine is. He's going to talk the same sort of trash that he did against Silva and was unable to back it up twice. At what point does this stop being clever and irreverent and start being sad and foolish?

But hey, you guys love it. There's an audience for everything. If Honey Boo Boo Child can put butts in the seats, why not Chael Sonnen?
Richard Fitzentite- October 17, 2012 at 11:38 am
I think it is safe to say that this is where it stops being clever. If he doesn't pull this off it is curtains for Chael and he has to make his money as an analyst for FX.
HowsTasteMyPeePee- October 17, 2012 at 10:18 am
THANK YOU! That's the worst part of all. Sonnen choked out Stann and squeaked by Bisping, in between two losses to Silva. Oh, what a threat to Jones! This is absolutely a squash match. Vegas can't make the line high enough. Jones has beaten better strikers than Sonnen, he's beaten high-caliber wrestlers, he's beaten guys who are taller, longer and stronger. The match is a joke. But it will make bank.