Jon Jones Fires Back at Chael Sonnen on Twitter: “I’m More Man Than You’ll Ever Be”

August 15, 2012
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Chael Sonnen has spent less than 24 hours back at light heavyweight and he’s already picked a fight with champion Jon Jones.

During his appearance on UFC Tonight on Tuesday evening, Sonnen talked about moving back up to 205 pounds for a fight with Forrest Griffin, but he also managed to throw a few jabs at the reigning titleholder in his new division.

“Sure I could go up to 205 and I could take Jon Jones’ belt away, the same as I could take his candy on Halloween. He’s a little punk kid,” Sonnen said about Jones. “I could snatch it away all I want, but there’s something to be said in sportsmanship for earning your shot, and on the 29th of December, I’m going to go through Forrest to do it.”

Sonnen faces Griffin at the UFC event planned for Dec. 29, but Jones didn’t waste any time responding to the outspoken former middleweight contender’s verbal jabs.

Jones took to Twitter on Wednesday to unleash on Sonnen after his comments became public on Tuesday.

“The things you say about me hold absolutely no weight,” Jones wrote on Twitter, directed at Sonnen’s social networking account. “You disrespected Anderson (Silva) and his country, but fought like a child.”

Jones is referencing Sonnen’s tirades aimed at Silva and his home country of Brazil for months before their rematch at UFC 148. Silva defeated Sonnen by second round TKO to hold onto his UFC middleweight strap.

The UFC’s reigning champion wasn’t done with Sonnen at that point either.

“If you’re going to disrespect me out of nowhere, at least disrespect me to my face like a man,” said Jones. “And you call me a punk. I’m more man than you’ll ever be.”

Jones added on the Twitter hashtags of “coward” and “cheater,” which obviously references Sonnen’s 2010 suspension from the sport for elevated levels of testosterone.

For his part, the UFC’s reigning king of the microphone didn’t take long to come back at Jones, and he took to Twitter as well with one final response.

“Oh I plan to,” wrote Sonnen. “By the way, how long did it take your parents to come up with your name, Jon Jones.

“Advice to Jon Jones. Take some of that Nike money, hire new writers.”

Sonnen then created his own Twitter hashtag with ‘creative‘ to launch an attack back at Jones and his parents.

The last message from Jones was simply a warning to Sonnen if he ever earns a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt.

“Dude, you’re not worth my time,” said Jones. “Earn a title shot instead of trying to talk your way into one and I’ll be glad to hurt you.”

Not to be outdone, Sonnen certainly didn’t mind one final shot aimed at Jones’ recent conviction on DWI (driving while under the influence) charges in New York.

“Boarding plane to Oregon now, home of your corporate wage masters,” Sonnen said in reference to Nike’s home offices, which are based in Oregon. “Next time you are in town, knock on my door. Don’t drive.”

It certainly didn’t take long for Chael Sonnen to find a new object of aggression to focus on after exiting the UFC’s middleweight division, and it appears Jon Jones is the prime target. Jones faces one of Sonnen’s closest friends, Dan Henderson, at UFC 151 on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com’s UFC 151 event page for all the latest on Jones’ upcoming fight with Henderson.

  • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

    Jon Jones is taking things so personal already. I’m sure Chael is just a sportsman trying to get in his head. Big deal. Chaels been fighting in MMA for so long on top of being a high level wrestler. Even though J.J is awesome he hasn’t been in the UFC that long. He has a long road to go still before saying he’s more of a man than Chael. And I like Jones to, I just think he’s talking back in such a serious manner.

    • smill0313

      Are you f–king kidding me? Sonnen knows the ONLY way he is coming close to the LHW title is with his mouth. No way does he string together enough named wins to get a shot at Jones. Jones may have only been in the UFC a short time, but my god, look at what he has done in that short amount of time. More than Sonnen could do in 2 lifetimes.

      • MrAdidas

        smill0313: Ughh the only way is by shooting his mouth?!? Did he not embaress Stan & beat Bisping (the #3 or $4 MW in the world). I’m fairly certain he embaressed Silva for 23.5 mins, like noone has ever come close to doing & then Sonnen owned him in the 1st Round of their rematch. Sonnen would have won two rounds but Silva held onto to Sonnens shorts for 20+ secs, b/c Silva knew he couldnt stop the takedowns & knew he wouldnt get back up, until the bell sounded.!!! Nice try moron!

    • smill0313

      Are you effing kidding me? Sonnen knows the ONLY way he is coming close to the LHW title is with his mouth. No way does he string together enough named wins to get a shot at Jones. Jones may have only been in the UFC a short time, but my god, look at what he has done in that short amount of time. More than Sonnen could do in 2 lifetime.

      • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

        We’ll lets see if Chaels mouth gets him in trouble. What do you think his chances are against Griffin? Do you care for this fight at all?

    • WarriorScholar

      What are you talking about more than a man than Chael? Jones is the champ,and Chael doesn’t even sound like a man he doesn’t produce enough testosterone =)

      • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

        I’m not interested in Chael vs Jones unless Dan Henderson puts a beating on Jones. Mainly b/c Chael and Dan are old training partners and have similar styles (except Dan knocks people the hell out) Even the it can be annoying with Chael running his mouth he does back it up the best he can anyway ha ha.

        • MrAdidas

          How are you comparing Sonnen to Henderson?!? Henderson has 1/2 the Cardio Sonnen has, his fight vs. Rua proved it. Sure Henderson has KO power in both hands, but I believe Sonnen is a much better & much more dangerous fighter NOW, than Henderson is NOW! I think Henderson is going to gass out vs. Jones & that will be the end of Henderson. I’m not even going to consider Henderson landing a H-Bomb vs. Jones. Way too much distance to cover, and way too much risk if he even tries to get close to Jones. I think Sonnen could beat any top 10 LHW besides maybe Evans, Glover & Gustafson. I honestly think Sonnen can & will beat Lyoto, after seing Sonnen do to Silva, if Sonnen got Lyoto down, no way does Lyoto get back up. Silva couldnt get up & he even got mounted by Sonnen, Sonnen will have trouble vs. a good wrestler with power/Evans. BTW: Forrest is going to get mauled.

          As for Sonnen vs. Jones, I think Sonnen could get him down, but I doubt it very much he could keep him there or beat Jones.

          P.S I’m not a Sonnen fan, just realistic. How can anyone deny what Sonnen did to Silva, he backed up every word he said & he said ALOT. Not many people, can back up half of what they say … right BJ (“to the death Georges, and I’m not joking about that” – BAHAHAHAH).

  • liver000

    Jones would wipe the floor with Chael, but it would be good to see the ground game of Jones.

  • Triggerman99

    Oh FFS….. Jones took the bait hook, line, and sinker!

    Well, get ready everyone, because Sonnen has officially begun talking his way into a LHW title shot.

    • smill0313

      I thought so too until…

      “Dude, you’re not worth my time,” said Jones. “Earn a title shot instead of trying to talk your way into one and I’ll be glad to hurt you.”

      • Triggerman99

        Well Jones is right, but a bunch of fans (and possibly Dana himself) are going to get caught up in this back-and-forth between Sonnen and Jones and forget all about whether or not Sonnen deserves a title shot. All they’re gonna care about is the drama. That’s what’s gonna get Chael on the fast track, and he knows it.
        Hopefully Jones follows through on his own words and ceases to supply Chael with a stage ASAP.

  • adam1848

    These two sound like a couple of teenage drama queens lashing out over who stole who’s boyfriend. Chael knows a grudge match sells, and he’s out to make that money, the dirty way. The fact that we as fans buy into this crap is even more pathetic than them dishing it out…on Twitter nonetheless. Really makes me question what this sport is about…competition or entertainment? I knows its both, but on this road it won’t be long before Jake the Snake is throwing Boa constrictors and folding chairs into the Octagon and Joe gets replaced by Vince McMahon.

  • hotboy-loose

    Say what you will about Chael, but at least he is not scared to fight Anderson. Chael was willing to scrap which is more than Jonny Bones can say. Say that Chael lost like a child but at least he is even willing to fight the guy like a man which you are not willing to do. Don’t criticize him for doing something you refuse to do. Don’t like Chael at 205, would much rather him stay and fight guys like Vitor or Wanderlei Silva.

    • MMAGod

      There are probably thousands of morons willing to get in the ring and fight Silva. Not because they can actually beat him, but because they are IDIOTS. Chael getting in the ring with another fighter is his job. Get off his balls already!!! You Sonnen fans act like he has actually accomplished something.

      • Jeff

        Well actually, he accomplished something NO ONE ELSE EVER HAS. He beat Silvas ass for almost 5 rounds. Right or wrong? No other long drawn out excuse or words. The 2 choices for a response are A)right B)wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000493851767 danieldieringer

    Sonnen is super pathetic with all is redneck fans.

    • macgrubber

      says the queer

    • KBEsq

      Totally agree. I think the macgrubber comment (which is similar to something an immature preteen would say) only reinforces your comment.

      Watch, “Like Water.” It’s the Silva documentary. There’s a part where Silva is walking at some convention somewhere in The U.S. with his kids, and there are these fat, ugly rednecks yelling at him how Sonnen is going to beat Silva’s ass.

      Honestly, describing Sonnen fans doesn’t do it justice. You have to see it. It’s clear inbreeding was an issue.

      • MMAGod

        I have to say, KBEsq, you are so right on everything you posted!!!

        • macgrubber

          says the moron

      • macgrubber

        says the virgin

        • MMAGod

          And with those last 2 posts, you have confirmed the comments of danieldieringer & KBEsq.

          • KBEsq

            Give him a break, MMAGod, he’s typing with one hand and half a brain, so he can only type a few words.

  • b-soc

    It worked against Anderson because of the first performance he had. After two losses at attempts for the MW title, he is not going to talk his way into a LHW title shot – definitely not after getting destroyed in the second fight against Anderson. And, Forrest is a name, but beating him is definitely not a meal ticket to a shot.

    Its fun to listen to and he’s getting to Jones, but I doubt very few fans are yelling for them to fight. Once the octagon door closes, your mouth can’t help you, and Jones would absolutely own him.

    • Triggerman99

      “Its fun to listen to and he’s getting to Jones, but I doubt very few fans are yelling for them to fight.”
      Not yet. But if he manages to get by Forrest, and continues with this predictable verbal assault on Jones, I wouldn’t be shocked if people start talking about how he should be fighting fighter X in a #1 contender match, while under typical circumstances (those which don’t involve a guy trying to talk his way into a title shot) he would probably still be at least two or three high-profile wins away from that shot.

      • MaritalArtist

        Are you Insane? Chael is 2 fights away from a title shot. Forrest, then one better guy like machida, rampage, or shogun, and he has a shot.

        • MMAGod

          Really??? 2 fights away? Get serious. Getting your ass kicked by Silva, and then going up a weight class qualifies you to have a title match after 2 fights??? Holy sh*t, you Sonnen fans are too much!

  • spidersilva

    fu sonnen…we all saw ur skills on that broke ass spinning back fist attempt, then falling down. Ur a joke. Stop putting this jackwagon on tv!!

    • rsnowbass

      Says Spidersilva…shocker.

  • dgs

    I don’t know who would win in a fight, but you don’t want to get in a war of words with Sonnen because you can’t win that one.

    Love him or hate, Sonnen is a difficult fight for anyone in the 185 or 205 weight classes. I think a fight with Sonnen would be more difficult for Jones than Henderson.

    • MaritalArtist

      prolly true

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.hutton.5 coreyhutton

    So getting drunk and driving into a pole means your a man?
    I’d say Sonnen is more man, at least when he got charged with something it was a grown up act and a stupid childish act of getting bombed and driving.

    • Triggerman99

      Wow, I’m not even gonna make a comment about this one. I’ll just let the rest of the sharks come and get you.
      Cheers!

      • MaritalArtist

        Agreed sir

    • atmosphere

      agreed. real men are caught for money laundering and roiding while children are caught with DWIs.

      this statement is so logical and sound, it’s not an opinion…it’s law.

  • kevstinx

    So you can talk your way to a title shot?

    Sonnen is not even equivalent to half of Jon’s left testicle.

    A great man once said, ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’

    That worked once, can not see it happening again.

    Jones has better things to do than have a war of words with a delusional twit who has just re-entered the Light heavyweight division.

    Bit of cash under the table or a blowjob for Joe or Dana may get Chael Chong Son a fast track to a title shot.

    • Jeff

      Evidently you know alot about Jones’ nuts? And exactly what does Jones have better to do? Seems not alot beings he responded…….

  • MaritalArtist

    Dan or Chael will dethrone jones. Also, one of them will also rematch Anderson. How can they not?

    • kevstinx

      Everyone said Chael Chael Chael about Silva.

      Next time ;) You dreaming of stars and stripes?

      I see Brutus the barber beefcake defeating Chael before Chael wins any title.

      What happened to Sonnen’s fake belt? :(
      This guy has to get back to the loony bin and return his fancy dress costume :)

      Dan’s cardio will fail him, again…

  • markronin

    Jones is boring, Chael whipped him already verbally. How long did it take for his parents to come up with “Jon Jones” LOL, too true. Call his punk ass Jon Jon, like a the retard he is.

    That drunken crash has affected Jon Jones’ brain, the last video he was in he was mumbling, you could barely understand him.

    The only thing I didn’t like about what Chael said is he discounted Hendo. Who says he’ll be fighting Jon Jon for the belt, Hendo is going to do it first.

    • atmosphere

      speaking of which, your post sounds like drunken mumbling that could barely be understood

      you’re like Krazy Horse giving jui jitsu advice

    • kevstinx

      ‘ like a the retard he is’

      The irony.

      Chael could not even beat his own meat without the aid of a penis pump.

      What about us guys? If we talk enough shit can we get a title shot? I have not yet turned pro, but if i can make the crowd laugh and get under the skin of others, why not? This is about selling tickets right? Nothing to do with a good fight.

      ps. The guy who pulls off the craziest move gets the next title shot too, pretty much like how Pettis got boosted after pulling off the cage walk kick on Bendo.

      This is less MMA than ever, it is more marketing and ninja trick ponies. Do not like how a carrot is dangled in front of fighters to perform crazier and riskier moves in order to ‘seal’ the title shot deal.

      Can anyone explain to me how you go from title contender who lost twice in one division to then move up and expect to get a title shot after one fight.

      Forrest is not a contender, he is far off it, or are we running low on lambs. Seriously rounded talented fighters are wearing thin these days, still riding the popular names in to the sunset.

    • KBEsq

      Your IQ must be stellar to laugh at the name issue. I picture you reading Sonnen’s comments and clapping your hands while wearing a little hat with a propeller on it.

      Just to state the obvious, his parents didn’t ‘come up’ with his last name. So really, you (and Sonnen) are making fun of Jones’ parents for naming him Jon. Is that really THAT funny? Maybe if you’re already a little slow.

      • MMAGod

        KBEsq, you’re killing me. Very funny sh*t, man. Very funny indeed!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.j.barnes3 robertbarnes

    I think this has a lot more to do with Chael getting one last big payday than anything else. So why not do what he knows will bring in more pay per views. Good on him.

    A more interesting fight for me personally would be Henderson and Chael. Jones is just too big and talented – but who knows maybe Chael can make it interesting if can take him down and keep him there.

  • pooby

    Jones didn’t get “pulled” into Chael’s game. Jones is PLAYING Chaels game and we are all getting pulled in.

    Jones knows that after Henderson, there are no interesting fights for him at LHW. Machida rematch? Pleeeeease.

    A manufactured rivalry with Sonnen is just what he needs to take his fame to the next level. Sonnen is more than happy to play the bad guy, and many will pay to see the Nike sponsored good guy take him out.

    If Jones vs. Sonnen can get HALF the attention that Silva vs. Sonnen got it will be a great payday for them both.

  • oswaldcobblepott

    I’m embarresed to be from the same country as Sonnen he is a quiter, cheater, and a fraud. Chael, Conner, gunner, Craften, anything sounding like aiden are all soft names just like Chael.

  • iggie1961

    Get the point…… Put a big fat juicy worm on the line …you’ll catch a fish
    …..fish are dumb prehistoric animals……they actually don’t have a brain ….it’s more of a bump at the end of a spinal cord….nice fishing Mr. Sonnen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003311915309 georgesperry

    Chaels shriveled up nut hugger’s are boring.

    • MMAGod

      LOL!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731572142 robirwin

    Chael will probably beat Forrest as long as he doesn’t get sloppy, but he needs to take out Machida, Shogun or Evans to earn a contender status IMO.

    I reckon Sonnen is just messing about in LHW waiting for Silva to retire as he won’t get another title shot in MW for a while.

    Love or hate him, his antics attract attention and he a dangerous fight for anyone. While UFC doesn’t have an official way of having top contender status, doing all the PR and twitter BS is the way to get noticed and paid.

  • Booker T

    Jones should fight Sonnen and carrie him for five rounds and win a close decision. Maybe he could suck sissy Silva into a fight.

  • MMAGod

    “Earn a title shot instead of trying to talk your way into one and I’ll be glad to hurt you.”

    Nuff said!

  • MKE_AR

    Chael, the next Florian+Wwe attitude?

  • toomuchheat

    HAHAHAHA, Awwww yes, keep up the great work Chael and let all these twats cry and hate. He talks trash, big deal. thats his thing. he gets beat up for it too, so what, his choice. Cant hate on the guy for doing what he does best. he has the gift of gab and uses it to his advantage, so fn what. More power to him. I am sure most of you have given a tug job or 2 to get what you want, no different. If you can’t handle it, go back to watching your teletubbies and playing HALO or some s*** in your parent’s basements.

    • KBEsq

      I love how if Sonnen insults and disrespects people, it’s ‘just talkin’ trash.’ But if people respond by insulting and disrespecting Sonnen, it’s ‘crying.’

      What’s really ironic about your comment is it’s actually you who is crying. Sonnen talks trash, people on this site respond by talking trash @ Sonnen, and you go out of your way to say, awwee stop hating on Sonnen…Please stop!

      If he’s going to open his mouth and say ridiculous things, then people are going to respond. That’s probably what he wants. I’m sure Sonnen is happy that he has someone like you to go around and protect his fragile ego.

      • toomuchheat

        I am not crying, I am giving props at the man who is a master of his craft. if anyone is pumping up his ego it you fools who hate what he does but recognize and shout it every single time he does it. People can talk all the smack on him they want, dont bother me in the slightest. i just find it hilarious how he upsets you poor saps the way he does. I never once told anyone in the above comment to stop hating, as a matter of fact i said “let all these twats cry and hate” . Poeple talk, i even recognized that he gets thumped for running his mouth the way he does. That comment was merely a shout out to Chael, plain and simple.

      • toomuchheat

        I am not crying, I am giving props at the man who is a master of his craft. if anyone is pumping up his ego it you fools who hate what he does but recognize and shout it every single time he does it. People can talk all the smack on him they want, i just find it hilarious how he upsets you poor saps the way he does. I never once told anyone in the above comment to stop hating, as a matter of fact i said “let all these twats cry and hate” . Poeple talk, i even recognized that he gets thumped for running his mouth the way he does. That comment was merely a shout out to Chael, plain and simple.

    • MMAGod

      You are clearly uneducated. I guess the rest of us are idiots for thinking we were tuning in to see fights, not the WWE. The idea in MMA is to win, not talk sh*t and lose. I guess the latter impresses fans like you.

      • MMAGod

        My reply was aimed at toomuchheat.

        • toomuchheat

          What is so WWE about talking trash? Mr. Educated? does he talk trash and then duck fights….are you still getting to see him and others fight? yes i believe you do. he self promotes and picks fights with the top dogs. So what he talks s*** and gets beat down for it…..what is so wrong with that? you are getting what you want Chael losing. I am not touting his fighting skills. I am just saying he does what he is good at, win or lose and thats running his mouth. Big deal. I just find it hilarious that he gets all your panties in a bunch over it.

  • KBEsq

    I love how Sonnen equates creativity and parenting with name-picking. Like Sonnen’s parents are so much more creative because they randomly opened some “hip” and “edgy” name book and pointed at one of the pages that said, “Chael.”

    Maybe the time Sonnen’s parents spent on picking a unique name for their son, they should have spent teaching him how to be a moral, upstanding man of integrity.

    • BizzleZX10R

      ooooo i like that.

  • johnnybooker

    Look at the response count on this. Dana White is going to see crap like this and push Chael to the front of the line – okay, he was already going to do that, but this only strengthens the case to be made…”the fans want to see it, they’re going to get it.” I loved his “game” with AS and I loved watching the a$$-whipping he laid on AS for 4 1/2 rounds. But if this guy gets a shot before a Gustav (if he beats Shogun) and Teix (if he beats Rampage and one more guy) I’m going to be pissed, personally. But money is money, and Chael is good at making money. Hell…if he beats Forest and Teix beats Rampage, throw those two together.

  • Ketsugo_John

    Sonnen is an ass-clown with a limited skill-set. He really should be in the WWE as he’s an embarrassment to the UFC. Jones would make like a child.

  • BizzleZX10R

    I Don’t even think this is for Chael,i think Sonnen is trying to get under Jones skin before he fights Sonnens buddy (Henderson)

    • Jeff

      Good point.

  • Dominic

    Many people blog about how Chael kicked Anderson’s ass for 41/2 rounds….but no one mentions how he was on steroids for the fight…would barry bonds have hit 73 home runs in one year ( or any of the baseball steroids users) answer is no….so would Chael kicked anderson ass for 41/2 rds off roids??….NO!!