Sonnen: “Jones could beat up Tyson and Ali in the same day”

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UFC veteran Chael Sonnen (27-12) had some high praise for light heavyweight champion (17-1) Jon Jones today on the UFC 159 conference call. Jones said a win this weekend would be particularly special because he would tie Tito Ortiz’s record for UFC light heavyweight defenses. He also mentioned his dream of fighting at Madison Square Garden, like boxing legends Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. But Sonnen, who warmed to ”Bones” during their coaching stint on TUF 17, told the champ he didn’t know how good he was. Listen to the full call here.

“As great as Jon is, I don’t think he understands how good he is. For him to pay tribute to Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali earlier was a very nice thing for him to do. The reality is, Jon Jones could beat up Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali in the same day. And when he says he wants to be the best ever – Jon, news flash, buddy – you are the best. As far as tying Tito Ortiz, yeah maybe he had a couple more wins, but he hasn’t had the competition that you’ve faced. He’s the world champion, he’s the best in the weight class and he’s the best the weight class has ever seen.”

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