Scores of MMA fans were left upset by the UFC’s decision to book light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against Chael Sonnen after the two face off on the Ultimate Fighter 17 as coaches. However, it looks like the organization initially went a different route before bringing Jones into the equation.
According to both UFC President Dana White and Quinton Jackson, the plan was originally to have Sonnen square off against “Rampage” on the show and eventually inside the Octagon. However, despite Jackson’s well-documented dislike of Sonnen, the 34-year old ultimately turned the tilt down.
“I don’t want to fight Chael. He’s the kind of fighter that I don’t want to fight. He’s a boring fighter that just wants to hump people,” explained Jackson of his decision in a conversation with MMAFighting.
Jackson has gone on record a number of times stating Sonnen lacks overall skills and is as boring inside the cage as he is entertaining outside of it. Still, while the former title-holder may not appreciate what Sonnen represents as a fighter, it appears he at least respects the grappler’s takedown ability to the point he doesn’t want to risk being on his backside for the bulk of a bout.
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