Chael Sonnen likes to think he has a shot at taking down Jon Jones, but the man is delusional.
Jones is going to destroy Sonnen at UFC 159 to retain his light heavyweight title.
Sonnen, at the age of 36, is an over-the-hill fighter who is more bark than bite.
Jones, at the age of 25, is in the prime of his career, has never been defeated (his only loss came in a disqualification for illegal elbows against Matt Hamill) and is still on an upward trajectory.
The only reason these two fighters are even going up against one another is because it's a fight the fans want to see.
Jones turned down the chance to fight Sonnen at UFC 151 after Dan Henderson tore his MCL before his scheduled fight with Jones. Sonnen volunteered to take Hendo's place, but Jones wanted nothing to do with the fight on just eight days' notice.
Whether you agree with Jones' decision or not, he had the right to make such a decision.
One thing's for sure, however—he didn't do it because he thinks Sonnen is better than him. Sonnen talks a much better game than he presents in the ring these days. He's lost two of his last four fights and four of his last 11.
It's no secret that Sonnen is a trash-talking legend. He's been consistently hammering Jones on his official Twitter account while pumping himself up for the upcoming title fight. He did the same thing in his recent bout against Anderson Silva, which ended badly for him.
It's also no secret that Jones absolutely despises Sonnen for using Testosterone Replacement Therapy. We know this because Jones has repeatedly and publicly bashed Sonnen, and he was at it again on Monday, April 15 via his official Twitter account:
Jon Bones Jones @JonnyBones
Take steroids in your prime testosterone levels drop then you take TRT to get in your prime again.. Maybe I should just join the team $$$2013-4-15 23:22:42
You can be sure Jones is motivated to show his superiority over Sonnen, who in his eyes is a cheater.
That's not the only thing motivating Jones, either. According to Jones' trainer Greg Jackson, via Marc Raimondi of the New York Post, Jones is using Sonnen's constant pestering to hone his focus to a razor's edge:
He’s really focused and Jon is the most dangerous when he’s super focused and motivated...When Chael says stuff that motivates people, I think he motivates anybody he fights,” Jackson said. “You’re a fighter and you’re a man. So when he does his shtick—which I find actually kind of hilarious—you have the unintended consequence of actually making somebody perform harder.
Jones is already one of the most dangerous mixed-martial arts fighters in the world. He could defeat Sonnen regardless of any personal motivation, but now that he has it, Sonnen's chances of winning are at .0001 percent.
Parents should be advised to put their young children to bed early on April 27, because Jones is going to wipe the floor with Sonnen to retain his title.
By the time the final bell rings at UFC 159, Sonnen will have nothing left to say.
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