Did Chael start taunting Jones knowing Henderson was injured?

by Chris Palmquist | source: The Underground

The timeline leading up to calamitous demise of UFC 151, indicates that Chael Sonnen may well be the smartest fighter in MMA. A month after losing his shot at Anderson Silva's middleweight title, Sonnen made the decision to move up to the light heavyweight division, and was booked ten days ago, into a bout with Forrest Griffin on December 29th.

When the media started to question his motives, Sonnen stated that he would be more motivated at light heavyweight, as a third fight with Silva after losing the first two would be a hard sell. He believed he could earn a shot at the title or fight with Jon Jones with a win over former Champion Forrest Griffin:

“I don’t think there’s gonna be much left of Jones when Dan Henderson gets done with him,” said Sonnen. “If there’s anything left of him, I’d be happy to play cleanup.”

This is of particular interest, because today we learned that Dan Henderson injured his MCL three weeks ago. The above quote was 10 days ago. Did Sonnen already know there might be a possiblity for a last minute replacement, and if he did, was his media attack on Jones a pre-emptive ploy to make the fight appealing to Jones?

Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson have always been close, going back to their days training together at Team Quest. It is more than likely that Sonnen knew Henderson injured himself, and although he couldn't be sure if it would effect the bout, he certainly could have started to taunt Jones in the media and Twitter... just in case.

In the three weeks since Dan Henderson injured himself, Chael Sonnen has directly attacked Jon Jones, calling him a kid facing a man, and predicting a Henderson win. Although, the UFC President said that Sonnen would not be able to talk himself into a title fight with Jones, perhaps that's exactly what he planned and exactly what happend. Well not exactly, because the one thing nobody counted on happening, happened: Jon Jones refused the fight.

either Chael is the greatest evil genius in MMA of all-time or maybe it is all just a coincidence?


tags: Chael Sonnen (detail)  Jon Jones (detail)  Dan Henderson (detail)  


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JimGordon site profile image  

8/25/12 2:05 PM by JimGordon

Of course that's why Chael started running his silva knee sucker. Nothing but a cheating opportunist.

Dirty_Boxer site profile image  

8/25/12 1:02 PM by Dirty_Boxer

Love the drama pet lol Dana White was asked this and said that Chael had no idea; that he in fact had to chase down Sonnen becuase his gf's father had a stroke or something and was in the hospital. Chael Sonnen chases the belt. Always. He's well known for a few things and that's one of em. He doesn't try and make a secret of it and that's why he started picking a fight with Jones. I wanna say that 3 weeks ago he was only just announcing his move to LHW if he even had by then. Sonnen didn't need advance notice to take this fight. He's Chael Sonnen. If you offer him a fight and he physically can take it then he will. Easy peasy.

swany site profile image  

8/24/12 8:02 PM by swany

Chael , the most cunning man in mma

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

8/24/12 6:16 PM by SQUEEZIE

nothing new here,called this exact conspiracy already in all these threads and even before that....chael aint all that brilliant,its just a lot of the newer fans are that dumb.dan,chael, and dana all tryed to pull a fast one.im glad jbj said na,im good

XP Ali site profile image  

8/24/12 5:09 PM by XP Ali

That graphic is extremely convincing...

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8/24/12 5:07 PM by XP Ali


Nick Fury site profile image  

8/24/12 5:04 PM by Nick Fury

Hail Chael!

ender852 site profile image  

8/24/12 4:50 PM by ender852

are you fucking six years old, or just have the attention span of a gold fish? the NEXT sentence:"Well not exactly, because the one thing nobody counted on happening, happened: Jon Jones refused the fight."

Warrenpeace site profile image  

8/24/12 4:47 PM by Warrenpeace

I think Hendo probably still wanted to fight but I'm sure Chael and Dana took this and ran with it WEEKS ago and figured JJ would just go with it because Chael would fire him up and they sell lots of PPV's with a nice little manufactured beef. Dana so wants to be Vince, it's pathetic. He's ruined MMA.

Jeepster site profile image  

8/24/12 4:42 PM by Jeepster

Shady if true, won't make Hendo look so good either