Jon Jones came out for the first time Tuesday morning to discuss the cancellation of UFC 151. In his interview with Ariel Helwani Jones explained that the only person he would fight on short notice would have been Rashad Evans, but also reiterated that he would not allow “Chael Sonnen to jump the line.”
Jones went on to discuss the legacy of Chael Sonnen where he said of Sonnen, “he will never be remembered because he loses.” This raises a very interesting discussion on the self proclaimed “American Gangster.”
Is he one of the best fighters to never win a UFC title? Is he one of the top middleweights in history? What is his legacy?
Sonnen has been the prime example of Murphy’s law. He has had a referee assume that he tapped via arm bar in his first bout with Paulo Filho and in the second fight Filho showed up out of shape in a fight that Sonnen dominated. Sonnen was a little over a minute removed from holding the middleweight belt before being tapped out by Anderson Silva and in the rematch missed on a spinning elbow that ultimately lost him the fight.
Some may point to his 6-5 record in the UFC, but he is 5-3 in his return to the UFC and two of three losses have come to the the greatest fighter ever, Anderson Silva.
Sonnen is the perennial No. 2 in the middleweight division. He may talk a lot of smack, but has normally been able to back the talk up. His wrestling is outstanding, he always pressures opponents and paved the game plan that gave Anderson Silva fits.
For some Sonnen will be remembered as a smug, trash talking punk that couldn’t back up the talk, however, others will remember Sonnen as one of the greatest fighters not to win a UFC belt. How will you remember him?