Greg Jackson: Chael Sonnen tougher than people think

by Steph Daniels |

Chael Sonnen may have talked his way into a lightheavyweight title bout, but Jon Jones' coach admits that Sonnen is a tough fight and they are taking him seriously:

There are a lot of danger zones with Chael. Chael is tougher than a lot of people give him credit for. When we didn't want to fight him on three days notice or whatever, we'd never fight anybody on such short notice for somebody at Jon Jones level. People think he doesn't have any punching power, but then you see him drop Anderson Silva. Once he gets on top of you, it's trouble, and a lot of guys can't seem to get around that ground and pound style, so if you don't do things correctly with him, you get in trouble real quick.

We have to make sure we take him very seriously. He's a very tough opponent and he's very smart. He's going to try to negate the length and push the fight forward, and we have to be ready for that. We have to be ready for a 25 minute, all out war. He's going to try to wear Jon down with his cardio. We have to be ready for all of those eventualities to make sure that Jon is on point and ready and can execute his gameplan. It's not going to be an easy fight.

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Silverball site profile image  

3/28/13 12:39 PM by Silverball

Wolf Tickets?

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

3/28/13 12:37 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

Man, I sure do love Anderson Silva.You know, the guy that ousted Sonned from the MW,and in some weird way, actually helped Sonnen get his TV gig and his gift-shot.Chael owes so much to Anderson.

ogmonster site profile image  

3/28/13 12:36 PM by ogmonster

What happened to that guy?

FunDeath4u site profile image  

3/28/13 12:35 PM by FunDeath4u

Is Chael gonnna be on roids for this one? If so he has a slim chance. If not he will be injured and give up somewhere in the 2nd.

Jill Laz site profile image  

3/28/13 12:26 PM by Jill Laz

This thread took a wrong turn somewhere along the line lol did he just say he can beat Anderson Silva??

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

3/28/13 11:48 AM by SQUEEZIE

well he is not gonna say this guy is not worthy of the fight and jon should finish him with ease.even though he does not deserve the fight and is going to get finished with ease. they do want you guys to put some more money in their they have to keep you thinking your boy has a chance.

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3/28/13 7:53 AM by Salokcin69


Blazin84ta site profile image  

3/28/13 6:37 AM by Blazin84ta

I think the real question is who does chael fight next? GSP or Cain ? ..... You know so he can continue unifying the belts hes won of Silva and Jones  *sarcasm included*

JetSetter site profile image  

3/28/13 3:25 AM by JetSetter

Jones by vicious beat down and thankfully no more seeing Fael in title bouts

Condit's Face Broke My Hand site profile image  

3/28/13 2:30 AM by Condit's Face Broke My Hand

Warzone 209 imo