"Look, I can out-coach [Jones], and that's not a sleight at him," Sonnen said. "Coaching is a skill. You're not born to coach, and I feel like he was kind of born to fight. I feel like, man, that guy can just do this sport. He just knows how to play. He just knows what to do. Coaching, nobody is born into. It's a developed skill. I've been at it 11 years."
Whether or not Sonnen and Jones can help provide the spark UFC officials surely hope fuels a rebound year for "The Ultimate Fighter" remains to be seen. But Sonnen said his experience on the show was a great one. Now, it's on to his preparation for an April bid at Jones' title. Of course, he's not quite ready to talk about that just yet.
"I've watched every season (of 'TUF'), but from my living room, I didn't get it," Sonnen admitted. "It looks like these guys are having fun. That's how this edited. They get in there, they fight a little bit. There's so much more to it, and there's so much more on the line. The way something gets televised when you only have an hour is the way it gets televised, but when you're looking from our perspective, and you see the risk that's being taken for the reward that is potentially there, it changes you.
"In 2013, look, I've got one big event on my mind: the biggest fight in UFC history, Sonnen vs. Jones in New Jersey. You're going to hear all about it, but you're not going to hear about it right now. 'The Ultimate Fighter' is coming to FX on a brand new night starting in January. That's all you need to know."
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