Chael Sonnen Says Jon Jones Will Never Achieve What Sugar Ray Leonard Did

Published 05/27/2021, 12:16 PM CDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: Chael Sonnen interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Chael Sonnen battled Jon Jones back in 2013 at UFC 159 with the Lightweight title hanging in the balance. The fight only lasted for a single round as Jones successfully defended his title by KO/TKO ground and pound.

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Now, after 8 long years, both went to a Twitter battle exchanging mean comments with each other. Chael Sonnen took this matter on his YouTube channel while breaking down the story behind the feud.

‘The Bad Guy’ downplayed ‘Bones’ by saying “Jon Jones, no matter how much longer he keeps fighting this point of his career, he will just simply never achieve what Sugar Ray Leonard did- just as an example And Sugar Ray Leonard isn’t living in a way where he is revered and people are falling out of his way.”

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Sonnen went on and said, “So when I see that Jon when this whole book is done and the last punch is thrown, which could already be here. It could already have been thrown things just don’t get better. They move on to the next guy to the next best thing that the way sports work.”

‘Uncle Chael’ compared him with Sugar Ray Leonard, as he wanted to show that Jon Jones isn’t the greatest. He tried to convey that people remember guys like Mohammed Ali because of the contribution they make both in and outside the arena.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – APRIL 2: UFC lightweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones interacts with media during an open training session for fans and media at the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness on April 2, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Aaron Sweet/Getty Images)

Although Jones has proved himself time and time again he has been involved in controversies both inside and outside the octagon.

How did the Twitter war start between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen?

This all started on social media when the former UFC Lightweight champion shared a message on Twitter. Jones writes “I’m about to give birth to something big, something out of the ordinary.”

The tweet indirectly conveys that Jon Jones is planning something big with his career. ‘Bones’ also posted some pictures on Instagram where he is training in the gym to gain muscles and get bigger. Giving rise to a rumor about ‘Bones’ Heavyweight move to beat the current champion. Chael Sonnen read the tweet and trolled Jones with a tweet of his own.

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After seeing the troll, Jones got upset and exchanged some trash talk on Twitter. Both guys went back and forth, hurting each other’s feelings. Until ‘Bones’ finally decided to delete all his tweets from the argument.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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