UFC Quick Quote: Jon Jones is 'the best fighter' Chael Sonnen has ever competed against

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Chael Sonnen has shared the Octagon with some of the best fighters the sport has ever seen, but after losing to Jon Jones at UFC 159, Sonnen says "Bones" is the most talented fighter he's ever competed against.

"He's a lot better than I thought he was. To beat a guy is one thing, to beat a guy at his own game is a whole other. He's the best fighter I've ever fought. He was a little bit stronger, and it's tough the last thing I want to do is disparage Anderson Silva, but it's tough for me. I whipped him for 30 minutes he whipped me for less than 30 seconds. I whipped Jon for zero seconds and he whipped me for the entire fight. It's tough -- if you're asking for my opinion, Jon's better."

-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Chael Sonnen is the only man to have shared the Octagon with the world's top two pound-for-pound fighters in Jon Jones and middleweight champion Anderson Silva. And after spending time in the cage with both men and having a chance to compare their skills first hand, Sonnen believes that "Bones" is the superior fighter not just to Silva, but to anyone Sonnen has ever competed against. The 36-year-old was the recipient of a first-round beat down from Jones in the UFC 159 main event (watch highlights here); however, that didn't stop him from praising the young champion at the event's post-fight press conference (watch it here) and giving his opinion that Jones is the best fighter he has ever competed in a ring or cage with.

For more news and notes on UFC 159, be sure to check out our complete event archive here.

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