Chael Sonnen Says His UFC 159 Fight with Jon Jones Was Stopped Early

July 10, 2013
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Chael SonnenWhen UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ original UFC 151 opponent, Dan Henderson, injured his knee and was forced out of the fight, Chael Sonnen offered to step in, but Jones declined.

The event was eventually cancelled, but Sonnen got his fight with Jones anyway after coaching opposite the youngest champion in UFC history on the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The two met in the main event of UFC 159 on April 27 and Jones defended his title by finishing Sonnen with punches and elbows on the ground late in the opening round, but Sonnen believes the fight was stopped early.

“I do think it was stopped too early.  I was surprised when they stopped the fight,” said Sonnen during a question and answer session during the UFC Fan Expo leading up to UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman.

Sonnen did not protest the stoppage when it happened, but has said he was defending himself when the referee called a halt to the fight.

“Anytime you’re in that type of competition, whether you agree with it or you don’t agree with it, you get up and you walk out because those are the rules,” he said.  “I’ve won plenty of fights where they stopped them too early, so it goes both ways.  Yes, it was stopped too early.”

Sonnen is scheduled to face former light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on Aug. 17 on Fox Sports 1, but would like to get another crack at the champion.

“You’ve got to understand, I stayed to fight.  I walked out of the ring.  That’s more than I can say for Jon Jones,” said Sonnen.  “I stayed to fight.  His little piggy ran to the market.  And I’m supposed to somehow be impressed because he got a couple of takedowns?

“I’d sure like to do it again.”

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  • Phael Sonnen

    F*** Chael…. such an irrelevant and overrated fighter.

  • Mark McDowall

    I really hope he looses to Shogun and then hangs them up. This whole ” lets see what dumb crap I can say to get attention this week” is getting old really quick.

    • Sir_Roy

      And yet, you give him attention herein. He’s got you right where he wants you. Lol.

  • F

    This guy is the worst! He just doesn’t know when to shut up.

    I hope Shogun breaks his jaw so he stops spewing out such garbage, at least temporarily!

    • Rob

      But, in a sense, your response is why he is good. You’d pay to see him get his ass kicked.

  • South.NZ.MMA

    Chael is one of the best in the world, some of the best wrestling in M.M.A.. knows how to promote fights which works out for both fighters $$..But doesn’t mean i cheer for tha prick! but i do enjoy watching his fights very intelligent use of Wrestling control to secure submissions or ground position ..just not overrated in my opinion anyway..

    • Dragon Kid

      Chael got out wrestled and he needs to works on his submission defence because it kinda sux.

      • Ian Price

        He did. He’s now better at submission defense.

  • Ramon

    He is right they should have stopped it at last after some speech impairement ocurred that way we woudnt have to lisen to sonnen whining anymore.

  • Marc Livingood

    He is also a great commentator so he will work forever however he needs to destroy shogun or he will have to retire

  • I don’t know what everyone’s so made about, the guy is just trying to stay relevant, competitive and entertaining. It’s his job. If he sat on the sidelines and kept quiet after a loss he wouldn’t be showing passion to get back in there. Sometimes I think he gets kind of corny but at the same time I respect the guy for training all the time and always being willing to fight at MW or LHW. We can’t win them all but what’s worst then losing is quitting.

  • CHefsky

    EY motherfuckers, you just posted a PRIVATE video.. fix it or die trying

  • George Sperry

    Chael knows that Jones wouldn’t have been allowed to continue after the round break and he “wishes” the fight wasn’t stopped because he would have won if he was able to continue and Jones wasn’t able to continue.
    Wish in one hand, poop in the other… see which hand fills up first.
    He was soundly beaten.

  • Maul berg

    First of all its really hard to get inside the cage to fight it takes a balls and heart to do that so do not judge those fighter if u never done that in your life…im just saying


    Poor Chael !!! … that was his only chance to become UFC champ… now knowing, the ring-side wouldn’t have allowed Jones to continue …

  • bajafox

    He would need to beat Shogun decisively. I like Chael but this is typical talk trying to hype up his next fight. The guy always shows up to fight no doubt but he lost undeniably to Jon Jones.

  • james j

    Chael was schooled. I think he is delusional. To many shots to the head.

  • myatte

    hes deffinitly #1 pound for pound for bull s*** lol