Although former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and three-time title challenger Chael Sonnen are years removed from their UFC 159 bout in April 2013, the two have continued to throw verbal jabs at each other. “Bones,” who famously broke his toe during their match, dominated Sonnen for the entirety of the fight and won by first-round TKO.
Sonnen, who has retired from MMA and transitioned to working as an analyst and podcaster, remains a critic of Jones. Even though Sonnen respects Bones’ skills inside the Octagon, “The American Gangster” has used his YouTube platform occasionally to rip on the former champion. And in May, Sonnen went on a fiery rant on Twitter aimed at Jones.
Jones has also blasted Sonnen on social media throughout the years. And on Wednesday, a troll account impersonating Bones took aim Sonnen. After The American Gangster tweeted “Over,” the account responded, “I beat you so badly.”
According to a screenshot from the Troll account, Sonnen responded to the tweet quickly, but deleted it once he realized the account wasn’t actually Jones’.
It’s unclear what Sonnen was referring to with his tweet; however, he posted it Wednesday night during the vice presidential debate between current vice president Mike Pence and Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris.
The American Gangster retired from mixed martial arts in 2019 with a pro record of 31-17. Earlier this year, Jones vacated his light heavyweight title and currently has plans to move up to the heavyweight division.
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Jones & Sonnen Coached The Ultimate Fighter Against Each Other Before Fighting at UFC 159
Before being locked inside the Octagon together, The American Gangster and Jones competed against each other as coaches during the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The two fighters were mostly cordial during the season with very little trash talk.
Sonnen came out on top as both his fighters, Kelvin Gastelum and Uriah Hall, made it to the finals of the show. Gastelum won the season, defeating Hall by split decision. A few weeks after The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale, Jones and Sonnen fought, and this time, Bones was the victor, retaining his light heavyweight title after dominating The American Gangster.
Sonnen Retired After Suffering a Defeat to Lyoto Machida in Bellator
Although Sonnen was one of the biggest pay-per-view stars in the UFC, he finished his fighting career competing in Bellator. The American Gangster signed with the promotion in 2016 and he made his debut in January 2017 against Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170. Sonnen lost via first-round submission.
Sonnen went on to win his next bout against his rival, Wanderlei Silva, by unanimous decision. After that, the former two-time UFC middleweight title challenger joined the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix and fought Quinton Jackson in the quarterfinals, winning by unanimous decision.
The American Gangster lost his next fight to Fedor Emelianenko in the semifinals of the tournament. After that, Sonnen dropped back down to light heavyweight and fought Lyoto Machida on June 14, 2019, at Bellator 222 in what would end up being his last MMA match. He lost the fight by second-round TKO and subsequently retired from the sport.