MANILA, Philippines – Just like his demeanor before every fight, Chael Sonnen has the same confidence going into UFC 159.
The Oregon-born fighter will be challenging light heavyweight king Jon “Bones” Jones on Saturday’s UFC 159 in New Jersey (Sunday, Manila time) and he believes taking the latter’s title away will be no problem.
“He is the best, I'm just better. I think he's greatest but I'm greater… I think he's handsome, but c'mon he's not me,” said the 36-year-old Sonnen in an interview with ESPN.com.
Sonnen will be coming in as an underdog against the slick-fighting Jones, who became the youngest fighter ever to own a UFC title after pummeling Mauricio Rua in 2011.
Sonnen is expected to rely on his superb wrestling skills and experience when he meets the champion, whom be called a “boy.”
“As far as beating Jon Jones, he better have an answer for me, I don't need an answer for him. He's a 25 year old boy. I was signing college scholarships when he was begging for money, this is not a problem.”
Both fighters weighed in at 205 pounds at the eve of their bout.
It will be Sonnen’s first fight as a light heavyweight since 2005 as he campaigned most of the time as a middleweight.
He, however, believe the weight disparity on fight night would mean nothing.
“Twenty pounds is nothing,” said Sonnen.
“When I got to this sport there were no weight classes. I never bump a guy in the street and ask him what he weighs, it's ridiculous. at war soldiers don't engage a guy and say 'hold on, what do you weigh?"
“I don't care what the guy weighs, I'm gonna rip his [expletive].”
Jones, on the other hand, is more economical in words when it comes to his expectations of the fight.
“I'm here to conquer... that's about it,” he said.
UFC 159 will be broadcast locally by ABS-CBN's Balls Channel via satellite on Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m.