Sonnen: Jon Jones is ‘considerably better’ than Anderson Silva

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On today’s UFC 159 pre-fight teleconference, Chael Sonnen was his usual self, making sure to point out that Jon Jones was a much better fighter than Andresno Silva. Of course he would say this, it’ll make him look that much better if he were to defeat Jones, since he already beat Anderson Silva up:

“I don’t think they’re close,” Sonnen said. “I think Jon is considerably better than Anderson.”

Sonnen, of course, pushed Silva like he’s rarely been pushed in his record-setting, six-and-a-half-year title reign. Sonnen won the first four rounds of his UFC 117 title challenge against Silva before Silva won via submission in the fifth round. Then, in their UFC 148 rematch, Sonnen won the first round handily before making a fatal mistake in the second by missing on a wild spinning backfist, which led to a Silva TKO win

But Sonnen seems to have a memory lapse on how the fights finished, opting instead to focus on what occurred during the bulk of the fights instead of the endings.

“Look, here’s the reality with Anderson,” Sonnen said. “I stomped that guy, and you can pick up his little arm as many times as you want and call him the winner, but the fact is I whipped his ass for 30 minutes. He got to jump on me for less than 30 seconds. He never knocked me down. I fell down. They say Anderson’s the best pound-for-pound. He’s not the best round-for-round.”

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