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UFC 159's Chael Sonnen will ‘run through’ Jon Jones just like he did Anderson Silva … twice

Despite the fact he lost twice to UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen says he will "run through" light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones at UFC 159 the same way he did "The Spider" in their two previous encounters.

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Unlike four different challengers before him, Chael Sonnen believes he's the one to end the rein of current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones; one of the most dominant titleholders in the promotion's history.

According to "The American Gangster," he's the same man who "stomped" current middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva on two separate occasions.

So if the rabble-rousing Republican can "run through" Silva, then surely he can do the same to Jones, who Sonnen says is "considerably better" than Anderson -- and Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, too.

He made the bold claims at a recent media conference call ahead of their 205-pound title fight this weekend (Apr. 27, 2013) at UFC 159:

"Look, here's the reality with Anderson. I stomped that guy, and you can pick up his little arm as many times as you want and call him the winner, but the fact is I whipped his ass for 30 minutes. He got to jump on me for less than 30 seconds. He never knocked me down. I fell down. They say Anderson's the best pound-for-pound. He's not the best round-for-round. I have three 10-8 rounds in my entire career. I fought 49 men. Three rounds in my life that are 10-8. That's gymnastics equivalent to a perfect 10. It doesn't happen in this sport. I doubt anyone on this call even has a 10-8 round. I have three of them. They're all against Anderson Silva. So, if you think Jon and Anderson are even close, I will run through Jon because I ran through Anderson. I don't think they're close. I think Jon is considerably better than Anderson. Sometimes I hear that I don't deserve this fight, or that I'm not the right guy. But then I hear that Anderson can beat Jones. You've got to be kidding me. I stomped Anderson Silva, twice."

Of course, the reality of the matter is "The Spider" defeated Sonnen on both occasions, coming from four rounds down at UFC 117 to submit Chael in the fifth and final round in their initial encounter three years ago.

In the much-anticipated rematch at UFC 148 last July, the Brazilian bomber once again erased all doubt as to who the best 185-pound fighter in the world is by finishing his bitter rival in the second round thanks to some vicious ground-and-pound after Sonnen apparently "fell."

One can't deny, however, the dominant performance Chael displayed at UFC 117 before getting trapped in the jiu-jitsu black belt's air-tight triangle choke. But, can Sonnen repeat that performance in Newark, New Jersey, against "Bones?"

He seems to believe he can ... and will.

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