It didn’t take long for Chael Sonnen to make an impact in the UFC’s light heavyweight division even though he won’t actually fight inside the Octagon at 205 pounds until the end of the year. Sonnen, who announced last night he was facing Forrest Griffin on December 29, also brought up champion Jon Jones’ name on UFC Tonight where he joked about being able to take the title-holder’s belt as though it was the candy of a child on Halloween.
Jones wasted little time responding to Sonnen’s comments, going on Twitter to level his own critique of the colorful, often controversial, competitor.
“The things you say about me hold absolutely no weight. You disrespected Anderson Silva and his country but fought like a child. If you’re going to disrespect me out of nowhere, at least disrespect me to my face like a man,” wrote Jones. “And you call me a punk? I’m more man than you’ll ever be. You’re not worth my time. Earn a title shot instead of trying to talk your way into one and I’ll be glad to hurt you.”
“Bones” also labeled Sonnen as a “coward” and a “cheater”.
Instead of things ending there, Sonnen responded to Jones’ statement by poking fun at the 25-year old’s recent deal with Nike and arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Boarding plane to Oregon now, home of your corporate wage masters. Next time you are in town, knock on my door. Don’t drive,” chimed Sonnen on Twitter.
The comment was quickly addressed by Jones who replied, “You’re an idiot if you think I haven’t heard every DUI joke in the book. I applaud the original ones (but) that’s powerless.”
Though the two are far from meeting inside the cage it looks like the seeds have at least been planted for a new rivalry featuring Sonnen and a seemingly unbeatable champion.
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