UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones joined UFC Tonight for an exclusive interview covering a variety of topics. Jones’ UFC 159 opponent Chael Sonnen was featured prominently in the interview, as Jones clarified previous comments and explained his reluctance to join the trash talking battle Sonnen has worked to incite.
Jones’ response to Chael’s comments on Twitter and UFC Tonight:
“I don’t really have too much of a response. Chael’s doing what he does best. He’s promoting a fight and I’m going to let him do it.”
Jones on why he’s not trash talking before UFC 159:
“I realize through experience that talking trash does nothing for the fight.”
Jones on his statement that Sonnen lacked a “champion’s soul:”
“People know that Chael Sonnen has done steroids throughout his whole career and that’s probably why his testosterone is low now. I don’t think that is the heart or the attitude of a champion, so that’s what I meant when I said he lacks champion’s soul.”
Jones on what he’s most concerned about against Sonnen:
“I’m really not concerned with too many of Chael’s gifts. Chael is an awesome fighter, he has pretty good boxing, he loves wrestling and he’s been really successful with his wrestling. He has really good ground-and-pound. I’ve just familiarized myself with the whole thing and I’m really comfortable with what I’m getting ready to face. I wouldn’t say any of it really concerns me. I’m just ready to go out there, react, be instinctual, do my best and try to do what I do.”
Jones on if he has something to say to Sonnen:
“I’d tell him to bring it. Bring your best. I hope you’re having a great camp and I hope you’re healthy and I’m excited for this awesome challenge.”
Be sure to tune in next weekend as Sonnen and Jones square off at UFC 159.