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AOPrinciple Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:31:02 from    

Now, that is an interesting fight. I mean, I know who I’m betting on, but it will be fun to watch. That should also be interesting to look at their coaching strategies and watch them interact personally on the show. I’m sure trash-talking wil abound.

KouNTa KuLCHa Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:36:39 from    

lol @ “occasional MW contender”

Sonnen doesn’t deserve this. Hasn’t had a fight at 205 in YEARS. Do rankings mean nothing, now? Just “fun fights” to look forward to.

Call me old fashioned, but I like watching #1 contenders fight champions, and by that I also mean in the same weight class. What a slap in the face to the UFC’s top 20 LHWs. :(

P.S. I am making the winner of Mauler vs Shogun my unofficial interim champion.♠

tonysnow Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:39:49 from    

this makes no sense, Chael isn’t even a true top light heavy weight contender, this is a sad day for UFC. As much as I denied the comparisons to WWE this is exactly what they are doing and it is just for ratings. I understand the thinking but the logic is way off. is it about fighting or ratings? ok im finished

frit5011 Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:40:50 from    

Hasn’t Jackson Winklejohn been coaching enough on TUF?
Good choice for TUF to make the celebrity “coaches” Chael and JJ though. I’m sure that will bring in a higher viewership for TUF PPV buys to their 1 sided fight.

jdogg Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:41:04 from    

Teh Megaton!

dude Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:41:12 from    

Chael doesn’t deserve a fight with Jones yet.

kinghanneman Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:42:46 from    

F@#k u Dana! UFC is becoming a TV show! I feel sorry for the fighters who deserve a title shot.

p*********** Says, in 10-16-2012 at 17:54:22 from    

you guys need to chill… no one complained when vitor got a shot at anderson without fighting once at 185 in the ufc…

glenn Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:08:29 from    

its all about the bengamine plain and simpel show me the money dana

glassjoe Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:18:28 from    

@kinghanneman you are right on the money. UFC has jumped the shark.

shitface Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:24:20 from    

I just lost the respect I never had for Dana “It’s all about money” White.
This fight is fu**ed.

shitface Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:25:46 from    

Dana’s going to bullshit this as “I wanted to give the fans the fight they wanted”.

shitface Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:26:27 from    

Atleast have Sonnen beat Forrest before getting a title shot.

fightdontbefake Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:29:15 from    

meh, i think ufc is starting to have way too many shows and not enough talent to fill and make good cards, now they have dudes moving up and down all the time…but its not that bad, its gearing more towards what ufc 1 was, all weight classes.

p*********** Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:30:37 from    

who actually deserves a shot? hendo didn’t even really deserve it to begin with.. he is just a big name who gets rag dolled by mediocre wrestlers.
glover is kind of a threat to jones but glover wants rampage.
gustoffson and shogun are fighting… if shogun wins, he’ll probably turn down a shot. if gustoffson wins and gets a shot, he’d get killed. he’s way too sloppy for jones and has no wrestling or ground game that we’re aware of.
chael atleast has somewhat of a chance of getting jones down.
you guys are all rediculous. jones is going to own every the ufc puts in front of him in an embarrassing way… when someone has cleaned out a mediocre division the way jones has, rankings aren’t really considered.
hell they gave f****** dan hardy a shot at gsp… that’s waaaay worse than giving chael a shot at jones

PitfighterZ Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:35:59 from    

Sniff, sniff… AAHHHH! The smell of desperation for rates in the evening is overwhelming!!!

This wasn’t even worth a comment, but Zuffa announcing this right after they reported the lowest ratings for TUF ever? Smells really bad. Also, using 2 of the 5 top selling fighters to “save” TUF send even a worse message.

Based on the reaction I’ve seen in other sites, either this will bomb even worse than this season or it will save TUF ratings on the cost of UFC’s credibility. I am not sure if Zuffa realizes that they are sending the message that their little reality show that is more of a companion to the brand is actually more important than the brand. Anyway, who cares?
“If (it) dies, (it) dies.”

And now, something completely different (actual fighting)…

Huh? Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:38:16 from    

This will be entertaining, but I really feel bad for Dan Henderson. Dan has done more than enough to earn his title shot.

mma made easy Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:38:31 from    

Putting either Jones or Chael on TUF makes sense.

Giving Chael a title shot (especially at 205) makes NO sense.

kill Says, in 10-16-2012 at 18:40:35 from    

has anybody considered that maybe no one else is jumping at the chance to fight jones. also of course its about money what world do you guys live in.

mrl3 Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:06:29 from    

Win, Lose, or Draw Chael will do what everyone else is afraid to do. Chael will relentlessly pursue Jones….and that’s the bottom line folks…….

mrl3 Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:08:27 from    

maybe instead of bashing chael some of you folks should look and learn a few things. just laying around and riding the clock out only gets you fights if you are GSP.

mrl3 Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:08:53 from    

Relentless pursuing, win, lose, or draw will get you 2 title shots against the 2 best fighters in the world.

Joe Dog Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:09:20 from    

Sonnen will get his arse whipped bad and Dana and the boys will rake in the chips. It’s about the $$$. Sad how this sport is becoming more and more like WWE.
I say, bring the the Armenian over from Strikeforce!! Mousasi vs Jones. That’s a real fight.

failsonnen Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:19:24 from    

So Henderson fighting Jones is out??

punkfly Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:29:10 from    

This will be the HIGHEST rated TUF ever.

punkfly Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:30:23 from    

Chael is a walking soundbite. I think Fans might learn to Love Jones if he coaches well.

I’m pumped about this one.

Timzda Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:49:30 from    

Ratings grab after how poorly this season is doing. It makes a mockery of the sport giving a shot to Sonnen.

Newfie Jitsu Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:50:02 from    

not saying i agree with this match up but i think it all came down to how quickly chael jumped on the chance to fight Jones to save ufc 153. Dana was probably impressed so he thought he deserves a shot. personally, considering Chael was such a sloppy middle weight I think he should have to make the ranks first. but it is what it is. but Chael being such an aggressive fighter he will definitely bring a fight to Jones!

daaveeee Says, in 10-16-2012 at 19:52:12 from    

I love chael but even I am annoyed at this. We want jones to fight someone f****** decent. Bet chael wont be able to get jones down, he’s too big and versed in wrestling. KO by jones in first or second… The season will be funny though and thats why they chose this,to save TUF and improve jones image

screwballhk Says, in 10-16-2012 at 20:22:14 from    

Yeah, because when I think of amazing fighters.. I think of “relentless pursuers”.

Like Mohammed Ali or Anderson Silva.. oh wait, they *are* the best in the world. It’s not some dipshit that can pull off a double leg, has no submission defense or offense, has no striking game and acts like a tool.

Mousasi would be destroyed by Jones too. He barely beat Keith Jardine. (lol)

I’d love to see Glover fight Jones. I’d love to see Glove DESTROY Rampage first though.

dickhead Says, in 10-16-2012 at 20:28:26 from    

Unfortunately we all know that one or both the coaches will get injured and someone irrelevant will step in. We’re going to get Bones vs Rich Franklin on April 27th.

DavidJones Says, in 10-16-2012 at 21:36:52 from    

F U C K dana ufc became BS all they care about is to sell this fight after chael talk crap for a couple of months..chael is just doing his thing, dana is the f****** traitor peice of s*** that pretend like he gives a s*** about the sport, and he has the nerve to talk crap about floyd maywether …dana suck, him and his buddies f***got fighters like Mir, lesnar, bisping, and other f*** that he promote personally.

bodylock Says, in 10-16-2012 at 21:47:23 from    

As said, Sonnen will pursue and bring the fight to jones. Butt hurt much? How about running shogun out there to break again? I want to see this fight and can’t wait. Why complain, you’re all going to watch anyway. People who complain for the sake of hearing their own voice are some of the more irritating people on the planet.

dirty Says, in 10-16-2012 at 22:11:26 from    

Dana white is all about profitability. Pride used to put on the dream matches. This is just garbage and we might as well realize we are not going to see Jones vs Silva.

wow Says, in 10-16-2012 at 22:35:08 from    

I think Chael deserves it, being the only guy in the UFC that could beat Anderson Silva on the scorecards, given it was only a few rounds, that still says something when you can get full mount and punch the best fighter in the whole in the face a few times.

T’Challa Says, in 10-16-2012 at 23:44:13 from    

A fkn joke… UFC=WWE. Want a title shot? Just troll, and troll, and troll and u’ll get one..

DrDoom Says, in 10-16-2012 at 23:46:54 from    

It’s good for business and ratings, but lame for the serious fight fan. I think the TUF series is mainly a way to stall for time while trying to find a real contender for Jones to fight. Perhaps the UFC is hoping to make Jones-Silva happen afterwards, which would then give the LHW division a couple of solid years to develop some new talent.

MMAgiantsilva Says, in 10-16-2012 at 23:51:50 from    

A lot of cry babies in here but hey i bet you will watch than with a smirk say I told you so. Anyways much more intriguing fight than JJ vs Shogun, JJ vs Machida or JJ vs Vitor imo.

MMAgiantsilva Says, in 10-16-2012 at 23:53:09 from    

Kinda do feel bad for the two guys who deserve it more Gustafson and Henderson but this is a business and Gustafson and Hendo ( well Hendo is good for tv) are not nearly as marketable as a chael Sonnen on TUF.

Fanfromdacasino Says, in 10-16-2012 at 23:54:30 from    

F*** you Dana, Joe Silva, and all the ufc bosses! what the F*** are you thinking making this fight now? makes no sense and the sport look more stupid then ever with this clown personality fighter/wrestler(cause thats all he is) who doesnt even belong in the division fight the best LHW. WTF is the UFC coming to? Its not fake fighting but at the end is fake when we all know jon jones is bigger and is going to beat chael Cracker boy at his own game! Hes going to take Sonnen down and retire him from fighting so all he can do is just act and go into WWE already where the clown belongs. As for the UFC to be saved theres only one way, Silva vs Jones!!!! UFC will die if this doesnt happen soon!!!!!!!!!!!!Mark my words . If we wanted WWE we would watch it!!!! We want real fights Dana you f***** idiot!!!!!!!!!

screwballhk Says, in 10-17-2012 at 00:41:57 from    

By dream matches, do you mean fixed matches?

Moedawg Says, in 10-17-2012 at 01:59:51 from    

So who the £$%! do you guys want to see Jones fight? Anderson Silva? Bunch of cry babies on here!

thaddiuslustre Says, in 10-17-2012 at 02:56:47 from    

F*** this bald twat Vana white and all his marketability ploys

baller Says, in 10-17-2012 at 03:05:13 from    

All 4 marketing purposes. A guy looses twice in a row n moves up a weight class to get a title shot. Bolony. Sonnen can’t hang with the big dogs.

Wilbur Says, in 10-17-2012 at 03:25:47 from    

I get why many are upset about this match up, but I don’t care if Chael deserved a title shot or not. I don’t think there’s anyone in LHW who can seriously challenge Jones at the moment. This season will be super entertaining even if the fight will be a one sided beating.

bob Says, in 10-17-2012 at 03:30:31 from    

consider Hendo retired – by the time he fights again he’s too old. maybe too old now.

Get used to the idea – RETIRED:

shogun – almost
big nog – almost

fighter Says, in 10-17-2012 at 03:36:41 from    

Chael all the way! Chael deserve tital shot, cuz his the only one who stepped up

greengiant Says, in 10-17-2012 at 03:53:46 from    

does sonnen deserve it?kind of.does someone else deserve it more?yes.its not about deserves though.sonnen did just fight for the middleweight belt twice so it makes him somewhat legit but more then that he will ruffle jon’s feathers a lot and draw ratings.it will also be a good fight i think.would you rather watch the ultimate fighter with someone else?then who would it be?sometimes the top ranked guy is not the right guy for the show.think of all the great fights we have seen that were not considered top ranked fights.

rondarousey Says, in 10-17-2012 at 04:03:08 from    

Chael is a boring fighter and a wanna be WWE entertainer…give someone deserving a shot at the belt…like me!

1st round arm bar…won’t pull a Vitor…I promise.

shocktime Says, in 10-17-2012 at 05:18:18 from    

Everyone should boycott buying this
UFC PPV just to prove a point to Dana. You can’t give guys title shots just cuz they talk trash? I mean really you run ur mouth and now you get a title shot? Are you F”N serious? How does a guy who got wrecked in his last fight get another title shot? Don’t buy the PPV guys. That’s the only to let Dana know this is some real BS, and we fans will not tolerate such crap!

TheGuyInTheBack Says, in 10-17-2012 at 05:23:58 from    

All is see is moaning on here. People lets not forget that the UFC is a business plain and simple. Like all businesses the main objective is profit second is customer satisfaction. Did you people really think it was going to always be like the old days. Companies evolve. Money runs the world. Its a sad but true fact so deal with it. Complaining doesnt help the issue. If your not happy with the way the UFC has changed then dont follow it. Thats why i dont watch football (soccer to the americans) anymore.

ramrod Says, in 10-17-2012 at 07:33:55 from    

not even gonna watch it .. pfffffffffffffffft jones is to big and to good he is stepping up in weight … and not against a small guy its a huge guy i wonder how bad sonnen is going to get beat up will they be able to recognnize his face?

SEAN_VANCE Says, in 10-17-2012 at 09:13:17 from    

Sonnen doesnt deserve this… total BS… but JJ is gona murder this ass face, and end his career once and for all.

kaution35 Says, in 10-17-2012 at 10:06:52 from    

Just like Showtime with Strikeforce, Fox has a lot of input as to the whole TUF franchise. If they wanted this match up then Zuffa was going to obliged them. That is how the damn business works. Its about PPV buys and viewer counts so quit whining about it wrong they are fighting and Chael doesn’t deserve the fight. More visibility UFC gets more all fighters under the banner gets paid. If the UFC cared at all about rankings then alot of fights would never have happened or would have happened. They got a damn business to run–I mean come on, I personally haven’t gotten a ppv since Silva vs Sonnen One. My opinion as well as most of everyone elses on here crying foul don’t matter. Why? Cuz we don’t buy UFC ppv. we support MMATKO the one site that allows us to be opinionated MMA fans without breaking our pockets. So yeah–that fight DID have to happen. I’d made it too in Dana White’s position.Cerrone vs Petis would have been another low rating season.

TED O((.)(.) )O Says, in 10-17-2012 at 10:42:13 from    

yeah you can talk all day… but i wish CHAEL beat the hell out of JONES.. I know its impossible but look what happened to GSP against SERRA or BROWNE and BIGFOOT.. dont count CHAEL’s out.. He has the guts and skills to beat Jones… so for all the CHAEL hater’s out there.. go F**K yourself…

Stranger Says, in 10-17-2012 at 12:18:28 from    

This is just wrong.
How should being disrespectful, a good s*** talker & cheating among so many other bad things get him the best opportunities in the UFC.
I know they think this fight is worth the most money but many other fighters who deserve it more & can still be big money fights.
Shame on the UFC.

Oswald Cobblepot Says, in 10-17-2012 at 12:46:25 from    

Ghael Sonnen is a quiter…all talk. He has had three title shots from WEC to UFC and has quit in each of them!

ibunn Says, in 10-17-2012 at 12:55:08 from    

Personally I prefer fights where I cant easily predict the outcome. However everyone will watch this including me and to be honest it should be very entertaining with Chael involved. Just wish Zuffa would keep the focus on actual sport as it seems to be shifting to Entertainment.

cigronne Says, in 10-17-2012 at 16:35:33 from    

What surprises me the most is the time, April?? for the fight to happen June/July? So Bones out for 6+ months?? CRAZY move

hond2dciv Says, in 10-17-2012 at 17:50:52 from    

Hmmmmmmmm. I wonder how the UFC will recoup their losses from UFC 151 and a horrible TUF season…

I am a big Chael fan, but he will be curled up in a little ball with his hands over his face by the end of the first round.

ramrod Says, in 10-17-2012 at 20:35:03 from    

reply to ted…….im not even a chael sonnen hater im just telling you what’s going to happen when chael sonnen fights Bones jones… he will get destroyed.. and guess what i freaking absolutely hate Bones Jones its just the matter of the fact. bones is to good well rounded great wrester and he is big as hell.. tell me what advantage does chael have over Bones besides his mouth…?? huh ted

kaution35 Says, in 10-18-2012 at 11:20:00 from    

Following up on what I said earlier…
Quote from fox executive vice president Chuck Saftler

“Certainly with Jones and Sonnen as the coaches for this upcoming season, we have probably the best casting that we’ve seen for this show and we have really high expectations for what the ratings will be as a result,” he stated.

“I think with the move off Friday and the casting, we have very, very big expectations for ratings.”

And with that being said once again–no use bitches bout how wrong it is…Fox is Zuffa’s silent partner. That is why Jones vs. Sonnen will be happening (unless one of them ends up injured. Sidenote: Chael DO NOT work out with Hendo–not a good look right now son.)


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