This man can get under your skin. Photo of Chael Sonnen by Mark J. Rebilas via US PRESSWIRE.
Earlier this month, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones became the target of Chael Sonnen, who announced his intention of moving up to the 205-pound division after coming up short against Anderson Silva in two attempts to wrestle the middleweight title away from "The Spider's" web.
The "American Gangster" promised to clean up the mess that Dan Henderson left after an H-bomb detonated on the champ's mandible at the UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which was supposed to go down this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Then Henderson got hurt.
Jones had an opportunity to rid himself (and the rest of the division) of Sonnen with a short-notice shellacking, but declined the fight to better prepare for his upcoming appearance at UFC 152, which was a direct result of the "Jones vs. Henderson" cancellation.
And that was all the ammunition Sonnen needed.
Following "Bones" decision to turn down a fight against the former 185-pounder, Sonnen has elevated his trash talk to an entirely new level, not seen since, well, he badgered Anderson Silva for the better part of two years. While Jones once claimed he was impervious to the onslaught, a report from The Wrestling Observer suggests the youngest champion in UFC history actually contacted promotion president Dana White and asked him to call off the dogs.
Jones was very upset after Chael began calling him out and mocking him on Twitter, going as far as to contact White and ask him to tell Chael to stop.
Sensitive champ is sensitive.
Sonnen is moving up to light heavyweight to fight Forrest Griffin at the UFC 155 year-end extravaganza on Dec. 29, 2012 in Las Vegas. And after that? That largely depends on whether or not he wins, and perhaps just as important, how he wins.
If he can avenge his loss from 2003 (see it here) in devastating fashion, it's hard to imagine that performance -- coupled with Sonnen's unique ability to sell a fight -- won't get him a 205-pound title shot. And it doesn't even matter if Vitor Belfort can upset Jones at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, because he's already established a beef with him, as well.
But no word yet on whether or not "The Phenom" tattled.