Finding a MMA fan who is leaning towards Chael Sonnen defeating UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones this coming April seems to be about as likely an endeavor as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Jones is an overwhelming favorite to win in the eyes of most, possessing a superior overall skill-set in addition to an edge in strength, size, and athleticism.
While there’s no doubt his relationship with Sonnen as a former training partner may have something to do with it, one individual who is comfortable going on record as saying the outspoken grappler has a fair chance at beating “Bones” is UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Couture weighed in on the upcoming bout in a recent interview where he explained his rationale behind supporting Sonnen.
“I think Chael has a great opportunity to win this fight, actually,” said Couture in a conversation with MMA Uncensored. “Technically, I see a similar style fight as Anderson Silva. If he wades through it and can make Jon Jones wrestle him, I think he can win that. I think he can do it, but he needs to make it a wrestling match, start to finish.”
Sonnen came close to taking out Silva on two occasions, taking him to the canvas on multiple occasions where he held on to win the round. However, both times he also ended up being finished, meaning the former middleweight contender has no room for error against Jones as well.
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