The UFC’s Chael Sonnen has yet to throw a single punch in the Octagon as a light heavyweight but it looks as though he’s already caught the attention of divisional champion Jon Jones. During Sonnen’s recent announcement regarding his move to 205 pounds and match-up with Forrest Griffin he referred to Jones as a “punk”, stating he could take the 25-year old’s gold like candy from a child on Halloween.
Jones apparently did not appreciate Sonnen making a joke at his expense, lashing out on Twitter as a result where he wrote, “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.”
“And you call me a punk? I’m more man than you’ll ever be,” Jones continued. “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.”
Thanks to the wonders of technology it wasn’t long before Sonnen caught wind of Jones’ statement, wasting little time to offer up a response of his own.
“Boarding plane to Oregon now, home of your corporate wage masters. Next time you are in town, knock on my door. Don’t drive,” said Sonnen, alluding to Jones’ sponsorship deal with Nike and brush with the law for driving under the influence of alcohol.
“You’re an idiot if you think I haven’t heard every DUI joke in the book,” Jones quickly replied. “I applaud the original ones.”
While entertaining, it’s likely the exchange will not lead to a meeting inside the Octagon with both men having their hands full for the foreseeable future and a slew of top contenders lined up for a shot at the light heavyweight belt.
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