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Sonnen: Jones better than Silva

ESPN staff
April 23, 2013
UFC 159: Jones v Sonnen preview

Chael Sonnen believes Jon Jones is a better fighter than Anderson Silva.

Sonnen faces Jones on Saturday night in the main event at UFC 159, and ahead of the fight has taunted middleweight champion Silva - considered by many to be the best fighter in the sport.

"I don't think they're close. I think Jon is considerably better than Anderson," Sonnen said.

Sonnen lost out to Silva at UFC 117 after edging the first four rounds, and then again at UFC 148.

"Look, here's the reality with Anderson. I stomped that guy, and you can pick up his little arm as many times as you want and call him the winner, but the fact is I whipped his ass for 30 minutes," he said.

"He got to jump on me for less than 30 seconds. He never knocked me down. I fell down. They say Anderson's the best pound-for-pound. He's not the best round-for-round."

And on the fight this Saturday against light-heavyweight title holder Jones, Sonnen said: "Sometimes I hear that I don't deserve this fight, or that I'm not the right guy. But then I hear that Anderson can beat [Jones]. You've got to be kidding me. I stomped Anderson Silva, twice."

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