MANILA, Philippines – Chael Sonnen is living up to his reputation as the finest trash talker in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as he continues to goad light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones through Twitter.
Last week, Sonnen announced that he would be returning to the light heavyweight division to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 155.
But it seems like Sonnen, a former top contender in the middleweight division, is aiming for a shot at Jones' title as he immediately engaged the champion in trash talk in an appearance on Fuel TV.
Sonnen was up to his old tricks again Monday, as he posted three tweets that were falsely attributed to Jones.
"Been watching tape on Chael Sonnen. I'd rather relinquish my title and run away to heavyweight than fight that man," read one tweet, which supposedly came from Jones.
Sonnen followed up with another tweet saying: "@sonnench Why fight you? It's a lose-lose situation for me. I lose the fight and I lose my title."
Finally, Sonnen posted another tweet falsely attributed to Jones. "Still growing in my career and in life and if I've learned one thing, it's don’t (expletive) with Chael Sonnen."
A look at Jones' official Twitter page shows that the champion never posted any of the tweets.
Jones had initially fired back at Sonnen on Twitter, though he has now deleted those tweets.
Chris Hall of UFC blog Bloody Elbow believes Sonnen is merely looking to "trash talk his way to a quick title shot."
"Sonnen notoriously used his silver tongue to hype both his failed title shots against middleweight champion Anderson Silva," Hall noted.
Sonnen's trash-talking strategy seems to work, as UFC 148, which saw him lose to Silva via second round knockout, was the biggest pay-per-view of the year, Hall said.
It is unclear if Sonnen will be given a shot against Jones, however, as the reigning champion still has to defend his belt against Dan Henderson at UFC 151.
After that, Jones is set to fight former champion Lyoto Machida in a rematch.
Sonnen, for his part, will have to be successful against Griffin when they fight in December if he wants truly wants to challenge Jones for the title.