What do Vitor Belfort, Stephan Bonnar and Chael Sonnen all have in common? The trio are the only UFC fighters to suffer losses to both reigning middleweight king Anderson Silva and current light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (pictured).
However, what separates Sonnen from the other two is that he nearly beat the UFC’s most decorated champion. Now that Sonnen has been steamrolled by Jones, who better to analyze a potential blockbuster bout between “The Spider” and “Bones” than Uncle Chael?
“Jon is a lot better than I thought he was,” Sonnen admitted after losing to the skyrocketing superstar at UFC 159 on Saturday. “To beat a guy is one thing. To beat a guy at his game is another. He’s the best fighter I’ve ever fought.
“He was stronger than Silva. The last thing I want to do is disparage Anderson Silva. It’s tough. I whipped him for 30 minutes. He whipped me for 30 seconds. I whipped Jon for zero seconds. He whipped me the entire fight. If you’re asking me for my opinion, Jon’s better.”
Silva is clearly the more decorated champion courtesy of his UFC record 10 title defenses to Jones’ five, but if we’re talking one scrap – right here, right now – many believe a 25-year-old Jones would do to the 38-year-old Silva what he’s done to everyone else he’s fought inside of a cage (sans a controversial disqualification defeat to Matt Hamill, a fight Jones was dominating) – leave victorious.