Chael Sonnen was on the phone, a hopeful sound in his voice.
"Please," he asked, "please, please tell me that I'm fighting Jones. Please."
When the answer was yes, that he would indeed be coaching opposite UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on the 17th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and then fighting him in a pay-per-view bout on April 27, Sonnen unleashed a long, sustained roar.
"Oh thank you," he said, as he cheered his own good fortune. "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And let me call you back. I've got to call my Mom and tell her."
And with that, what should be one of the biggest pay-per-view cards in UFC history, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, officially kicked off.
You don't have to like it. I sure don't. I'd much rather have seen Jones fight middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his next bout in a match that would have pitted far and away the two best fighters in the world. The reality, though, is that there are 800,000 or so out there, maybeRead More »from Jones-Sonnen may be a financial windfall, but the matchup denigrates the UFC light heavyweight belt