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It is more or less safe to say that Jon Jones, the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Light Heavyweight champion has spent enough time with the challenger for his title Chael Sonnen to know something about him. The two were paired to coach the opposing teams in the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter and during that time, Bones found out that there are actually two versions of the American Gangster.
One of those avatars is the actual Sonnen – who is one of the nicest persons one can come across, who is extremely respectful and who goes out of his ways as a fighter to address even a stranger as ‘sir’ or ‘madam’. This Sonnen still involves his mother in almost every aspect of his life, purely out of deference.
Then, there is the other Chael Sonnen, which most people familiar with the UFC is familiar with. He grew up watching the legendary Superstar Billy Graham cut all those pro wrestling promos and he also decided to apply some of those gimmicks when he entered the frame of Mixed Martial Arts. And just like it helped Graham become one of the biggest draws in pro wrestling, it has helped Sonnen achieve a lot of following in the UFC.
Otherwise, it would be extremely difficult for a fighter who is coming off a defeat in a title match in a weight class to get an immediate title shot in another weight class. And according to Jon Jones, he quite understands the mission Sonnen is on, stating the mouth of Chael Sonnen doesn’t quite bother him. He mentioned Sonnen is in the promote the fight business and he is in the business of remaining the champion and that is all that he is bothered about before his upcoming fight at UFC 159.
Former Strike Force Heavyweight champion had long been calling out the former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, from the time when the Brazilian was the champion. In fact, he had pushed so many buttons that the Brazilian, who is not known to be the most outspoken of fighters in the promotion and definitely not one to ask for a match, called up the UFC officials and asked for the match against the Dutchman to be set up.
And now, the fight will indeed happen, although the circumstances for the match will have changed much from the time the verbal volleys between the two athletes began. The two big Heavyweight fighters will square off against each other in the grudge match in support of the UFC Heavyweight Championship match between the reigning champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva at UFC 160, which is scheduled for the 25th of May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When The Demolition Man initially began calling out Junior dos Santos, he was still the reigning UFC Heavyweight champion. He has since lost the title belt to Cain Velasquez, the very man he beat for the title in a bloodied encounter after being completely manhandled by the Cuban American at UFC 155 in December. Overeem also did not have much luck against Vitor Belfort in his own last match as well as he suffered a knockout barely 25 seconds into the third round at UFC 156.
So finally, Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem will go head to head against each other in match that has been in the making for almost one and a half years or so, but without the UFC Heavyweight Championship that is cherished by both the fighters, on the line.