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Jon Jones isn't too concerned about the possibility of being taken down inside the Octagon for the first time against Chael Sonnen because his ground-and-pound is weak and jiu-jitsu is lacking.
Now that you've all had time to digest yesterdays blockbuster announcement that Jon Jones will indeed defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title against former two-time number one middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen, it's time to get down to the business of hyping up the fight.
In one corner, we have undoubtedly the pound-for-pound best trash talker in the business in Sonnen. In the other corner, we have Jones, a self-proclaimed Christian who isn't afraid to get down and dirty and spit some fire if need be.
The two will collide on April 27, 2013 after they serve as coaches on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) in what was seemingly a move to help the reality television show from drowning after the dismal numbers season 16 has garnered thus far.
However, with six months until they actually step inside the Octagon and exchange leather, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be plenty of memorable quotes from both fighters leading up to the fight and the show.
Speaking at today's (Oct. 17, 2012) media conference call, Jones talked about the dangers (or lack thereof) of facing a wrestler like Chael and says even if he gets taken down, he has now worries about getting submitted or taking a beating from a ‘weak' opponent.
"I've faced plenty of wrestlers like Vladimir Matyushenko, Jake O'Brien and Matt Hamill and had no problems. Chael is a decent wrestler. He was an Olympic alternate but he wasn't on the team. No disrespect to other alternates but he's not at that level. Who cares if he takes me down, he gets submitted all the time from top position anyways. I've wrestled since I was a 14 year old boy and I still love wrestling. I'm definitely prepared. If he does take me down, so what? His ground and pound is weak and he gets submitted all the time. If I do get him down, his face will open up. I feel I have nothing to worry about in wrestling. I have a slight edge in jiu-jitsu and I have a huge edge in kickboxing. I'm not intimidated by his power. I don't see any way Chael can win this fight but I'll still train like a madman. I'm ready to lay the smackdown for the things he said not only for the things he said not just about me but about other people and send him back to the movies."
Though there isn't any love lost between the two, Jones actually does respect some things about Sonnen:
"Chael's an interesting guy. I respect some things about him. He goes and gets what he wants except for world championships or any championships. He's a good talker and good for the sport in some ways. He's extremely disrespectful and not much of a championship level athlete at all. He'll be able to do his TV shows and commentating and all that. I'm doing Chael a favor by showing Chael what his true calling which is his gift of gab and not athletic talent."
It's well publicized "Bones" has yet to be taken down inside the Octagon. Even Rashad Evans, one of the most talented wrestlers in the 205-pound division, couldn't come close to landing a takedown on his former training partner in their title fight at UFC 145.
Arguably one of the most accomplished wrestlers in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), Sonnen presents a legit threat to Jones as far as the grappling department goes.
However, should the fight happen to go to the mat, "Bones" doesn't envision any issues whatsoever because, according to him, Sonnen's lack of power and submission skills, are nothing he has to concern himself with come fight night.
Do you agree?