When Chael Sonnen received a phone call this week from UFC President Dana White offering him an opportunity to face light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on September 1 the silver-tongued scrapper agreed to it without hesitation. Though Sonnen would have entered the bout as a serious underdog given his smaller size and lack of preparation time, the 35-year old was still open to the idea and has now explained why.

According to Sonnen, he has never backed down from a confrontation and never will so long as he plans to continue competing inside the cage.

Sonnen Blasts Jones in ESPN Interview

“The only litmus test I have for myself””am I willing to fight anybody? When the day comes that I won't fight somebody, I won't fight anybody. If there is someone out there that makes me go 'I'm not fighting him,' then I'm not going to fight anyone anymore,” explained Sonnen in an interview with Bleacher Report. “That's what bullies do. Bullies pick and choose who they get in fights with based on who they think they can beat. I will never, ever do that. When the day comes that I back down, I will quit this sport.”

Jones has since been booked against Vitor Belfort on September 22 while Sonnen is still attached to a match-up with Forrest Griffin in late December.


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