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April 23, 1:45 PM ET
Chat with Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen

Buzzmaster
  (1:49 PM)

We will have UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones very shortly, followed by Chael Sonnen.

Buzzmaster
  (1:50 PM)

Jon is on his way. Send in your questions for Jones now.

Buzzmaster
  (1:52 PM)

Jon is here!

Daniel [via mobile]

Jones you never really been taken down do u believe sonnen will be the first to do this?

Jon Jones
  (1:53 PM)

I have a goal of not allowing Chael Sonnen to take me down in this fight, but I've become comfortable of the thought of fighting off my back.

jordan elkin nc [via mobile]

Jon and chael, What is fight week like for a fighter? Do you train or has the work been done?

Jon Jones
  (1:53 PM)

I feel like the work has already been done. Right now is about weight management and focusing on having a positive psychology.

Alex (Chicago)

Jon how did you get interested in fighting for UFC

Jon Jones
  (1:54 PM)

Kind of something I fell into. I thought it would be a great transition over from wrestling.

Erasmo A. (Hidalgo TX.) [via mobile]

JONES if you win will you look for epic fight against ANDERSON THE SPIDER SILVA?

Jon Jones
  (1:54 PM)

I'm not saying that, guy.

bob (rochester)

jon are you a buffalo bills fan?

Jon Jones
  (1:55 PM)

No, but I am a huge fan of Rochester. Shout out to 585.

mike (NJ)

Jon how do you plan to deal with Chael's in your face pressure tyoe of style?

Jon Jones
  (1:56 PM)

It's not about his style. It's my Octagon.

Kyle (ATL)

John, Chael is so handsome, does that concern you?

Jon Jones
  (1:56 PM)

It does a little bit.

David (Chicago)

Why did you agree to fight someone with such a mediocre record?

Jon Jones
  (1:56 PM)

You guys wanted to see it.

Jeremy (Palm Springs)

Jon have you grown to respect Chael after working with him this season on TUF?

Jon Jones
  (1:56 PM)

Not really respect. I understand what I am up against.

Aaron (NV)

Is there a fighter you want to fight that you have not fought yet?

Jon Jones
  (1:57 PM)

Yes. Alexander Gustafsson.

Paul North Carolina [via mobile]

Did you verbally submit to Vitor

Jon Jones
  (1:57 PM)

Come on, son.

Scott (MI)

JBJ- any desire to avenge your loss to 'The Hammer'?

Jon Jones
  (1:58 PM)

No. I got disqualified. He won it fair and square.

Wes (milwaukee, wi)

Jon, working on any knew BJJ techniques or subs lately?

Jon Jones
  (1:58 PM)

Definitely.

Alexander Gustafsson (Atlanta)

im ready to fight you

Jon Jones
  (1:59 PM)

Of Atlanta? Interesting. Meet me in New Jersey this weekend.

Bryan B. (Oakland, CA)

Who would you compare stylistically Chael with any fighter you've faced so far?

Jon Jones
  (1:59 PM)

He is like none other. A southpaw that actually shoots. This should be interesting.

Morgan (Arizona) [via mobile]

Jon, you seemed very focused at Saturday's interview during 158. How do you see yourself finishing Chael?

Jon Jones
  (2:01 PM)

Don't really know yet. It depends on what he gives me. When the moment happens I'll be ready to take it.

John (NYC)

Can you both AGREE to fight the atrocity of dropping Wrestling from the Olympics and for getting MMA legalized in NY?

Jon Jones
  (2:01 PM)

Yes. Absolutely.

Rick (PHX)

Who ya got in the Aldo/Pettis fight?

Jon Jones
  (2:01 PM)

You have to go with Aldo. He is a great champion and is champion for a reason.

PreeteshR (San Diego, CA)

Jon, how do you feel about people saying you've fought aging stars, such as Rampage, Machida, Shogun, Evans, and now Chael?

Jon Jones
  (2:02 PM)

It's not my fault I was born late.

Jevin (Dallas)

Are you so good that even you can't beat you?

Jon Jones
  (2:02 PM)

Next question.

jason (corona)

Would you like to see Dan Henderson at some point in you career??

Jon Jones
  (2:02 PM)

Depending on how he does against Rashad Evans, yes.

partay (chitown) [via mobile]

Will the eventual move to heavyweight be permanent, and who would u want to fight first @ hw

Jon Jones
  (2:03 PM)

It definitely wouldn't be permanent. It would just be to prove critics wrong. I would seek an opponent in the Top 10.

Tom (Michigan)

would you be interested in a fight with Fedor?

Jon Jones
  (2:03 PM)

No.

Tom (Long Island)

whats your favorite KO of all time to watch. Any fighter, ever

Jon Jones
  (2:04 PM)

I like when Gonzaga did the head kick to Cro Cop.

Fandango (Broadway)

Would you ever consider a career in WWE?

Jon Jones
  (2:05 PM)

I would love to make an appearance.

Jon Jones
  (2:06 PM)

Garbage plates are the best thing since the UFC. Also a great way to live like you are dying.

Dan (Minneapolis)

What are your long term UFC goals?

Jon Jones
  (2:06 PM)

To break many records. To be established as the greatest by the time I retire.

Brian (NY)

What do you consider your best/favorite win and why?

Jon Jones
  (2:06 PM)

My best victory has to be Rashad Evans because there was so much animosity and true emotions behind it.

mitch (boston)

whats the best trash talk you've gotten from chael so far?

Jon Jones
  (2:07 PM)

I think it's all been pretty good. Chael is one of a kind.

ken georgia [via mobile]

What is your thoughts on cain's skills and would you like to fight him?

Jon Jones
  (2:07 PM)

I would love to fight Cain Velasquez.

Joe Rogan (LA)

Will I get a chance to scream at the top of my lungs "It is all over folks" this weekend Jon??

Jon Jones
  (2:08 PM)

IIIITTTTT'SSSSSS ALL OVER!!!

Tommy (Ontario)

Who do you think would win Between GSP and Anderson ?

Jon Jones
  (2:08 PM)

Anderson. Because he is Anderson.

Kebs (EL)

Brittany or Arianny?

Jon Jones
  (2:09 PM)

Not saying, guy.

Sean (Phoenix)

Some say when you dropped Machida after the standing choke, it was reckless & unsportsmanlike. That you could've seriously injured him by dropping him when he was out. What do you say to that?

Jon Jones
  (2:10 PM)

I was just doing my job.

Maz (Chicago)

What is your thought on TRT?

Jon Jones
  (2:11 PM)

Watch ESPN's "Dan LeBatard: Highly Questionable" later this week. I go pretty in depth.

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Do you and Arthur give chandler a hard time for not being a world champ?

Jon Jones
  (2:12 PM)

No, he will get there. If anything, Chandler is giving Arthur a hard time about having better individual seasons.

Bob (IN)

Your Nike trunks are cool. It's good to see a UFC fighter getting some love from a big sponsor. Have you met MJ at any Nike events?

Jon Jones
  (2:12 PM)

No I haven't, but I've gotten to meet LeBron a few times, though.

Tmull99 (Canada)

If you fight Anderson would you want to keep it standing or use your superior wrestling skills? I think youd win either places.

Jon Jones
  (2:13 PM)

What would you do?

Razor Ramon (Miami)

Would you ever want your kids to get into MMA?

Jon Jones
  (2:14 PM)

Absolutely. I am currently training them. Basic combo's.

Tyler (Pitsburgh)

what was your best moment in a fight?

Jon Jones
  (2:14 PM)

My best moment, I would have to say, was choking out Rampage and crawling to the middle of the cage feeling like a stud.

Wes (milwaukee, wi)

Do you have a stance on the Fallon Fox debacle?

Jon Jones
  (2:15 PM)

I thank that is a strong person. I respect her strength.

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Would you rather humiliate or humble Chael Sonnen

Jon Jones
  (2:15 PM)

Neither. He's used to losing.

Dan (Boston)

Bigger demolition, Lebron over you in basketball or you over him in a fight?

Jon Jones
  (2:17 PM)

Him beating me in a basketball game. He would smoke me. I wouldn't even score a point.

Rob (Nutley, NJ)

What part of your game will we see most improved this Saturday evening?

Jon Jones
  (2:17 PM)

My general ability against southpaws.

Piece (Chicago)

Would you expect an immediate rematch if Chael beats you?

Jon Jones
  (2:18 PM)

Not even going there.

Tyler (Pitsburgh)

How does your family react to you fighting?

Jon Jones
  (2:19 PM)

Listen closely to any previous fights and you should be able to hear my mom screaming. "Get 'em Johnny!!!"

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Train with anyone famous?

Jon Jones
  (2:20 PM)

Yes. @IzzyStyle

Wes (milwaukee, wi)

what do you listen to leading up to a fight that gets you pumped up and ready to go?

Jon Jones
  (2:20 PM)

Lots of reggae.

John (D.C.)

Who did you root for in the AFC championship game. Pats or Ravens?

Jon Jones
  (2:20 PM)

Subconsciously I was rooting for the Ravens, but I try to remain neutral, though.

Dan (Boston)

Outside of yourself, who do you consider the best all around fighter at Jackson's?

Jon Jones
  (2:21 PM)

Carlos Condit. He is versatile and competes at a high level and is pretty consistent in his performances.

Pete (Spokane)

How long would it take you to be ready to fight at Heavyweight?

Jon Jones
  (2:21 PM)

It won't take me very long at all. Gaining weight is a lot easier than losing it.

Sean (Phoenix)

Was there an alternative career for you before you started MMA?

Jon Jones
  (2:22 PM)

Law enforcement. I always wanted to help people.

Tucker (Las Vegas)

Hardest shot you've taken in the Octogon?

Jon Jones
  (2:22 PM)

The hardest shot I've taken still has to be from the Rashad Evans fight. The overhand right. He caught me nice.

Diaz Bros (Stockton)

wanna train with us JBJ?

Jon Jones
  (2:22 PM)

Nah, I'm scared homie.

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Is there anyone you wouldn't look forward to fighting if you were in a lower weight class?

Jon Jones
  (2:23 PM)

If I was in a lower weight class, I would look forward to fighting "Cowboy" Cerrone. Cause I owe him one for a Q&A he did a while ago.

Murph (Boston)

Does Chandler have a wrestling background? In the final Pats regular season game he intercepted a pass and it took about 5 guys to pull him down.

Jon Jones
  (2:24 PM)

Yes, Chandler wrestled in middle school and was actually brought up to varsity as a freshman.

Jon Jones
  (2:24 PM)

I appreciate all the love and support that you guys show. I'll be sure to make you guys proud this Saturday night. Follow @sixgungibson and @izzystyle to see behind the scenes photos.

Buzzmaster
  (2:25 PM)

Thanks so much to Jon Jones for joining us. Chael will be with us shortly ...

Buzzmaster
  (2:26 PM)

Send your questions for Chael now ...

Jakob (Sherwood, OR)

Chael, Who do you want to defend your belt against after you finish Jon Jones?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:26 PM)

You.

Shaun (Maine)

Chael, what's your opinion of Tyson Fury?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:27 PM)

Do you know how to get a hold of him? Tell him to bring me a sandwich.

Scott (O, MI)

Chael- Is West Linn the mecca for wrestling? obv the greatest ever originates from there...

Chael Sonnen
  (2:27 PM)

You are a wise man.

Rick (D)

will men ever fight women in the octagon?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:27 PM)

No.

Daniel Cormier (Strikeforce)

Come at me, bro.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:27 PM)

Hi Brad.

Christian (Scandinavia, WI)

Man have fought women right? You fought Bisping.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:28 PM)

Well played.

caulon(coweta) [via mobile]

how do you picture yourself finishing this punk!?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:28 PM)

Like a gangster.

Kirk L (Sayre, PA)

Chael, who is your favorite fighter to watch, when you aren't fighting?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:29 PM)

GSP. He is aggressive.

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Chael who is the biggest fraud in the ufc?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:29 PM)

Anderson Silva.

Scott (Mi)

Any interest in running for office? We could use a few conservative gangsters to get this country back on track.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:29 PM)

Yes, and you are right.

Anderson Silva (Brazil)

If you can wrestle me for 5 rounds i think you can squash Jon, What do you thick Chael??

Chael Sonnen
  (2:29 PM)

Thanks, Anderson.

Aaron (NV)

Chael its not too late to back out.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:30 PM)

It is for me.

Nick (Philadelphia)

Any chance you go back down to middleweight in the future or is this move final?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:30 PM)

Final.

Marc (Brooklyn, NY)

Hey Chael! Great job as coach on TUF. I really thought that the way you handled the team and how you inspired them to work to their abilities was awesome! Any gig as a motivation speaker?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:30 PM)

You clearly have an eye for talent.

Jonathan (Minnesota)

Chael, how does your body feel sparring and preparing for 205 rather than 185?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:31 PM)

I have a lot more energy.

Marc (Chicago, IL)

Chael, what's your favorite meal after the weigh-in? How much (if any) do you have to cut to hit 205?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:31 PM)

Club sandwich, french fries and a Coca-Cola big enough to swim in.

Ricky (Virginia)

Sonnen: Which victory in your career are you most proud of?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:31 PM)

My hardest fight was against Yushin Okami.

dave jersey city nj [via mobile]

Chael you've made very crucial mistakes in your last two title fights that have led to you losing those bouts. How do you plan to minimize those mistakes against Jon?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:32 PM)

Zzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzz.

jeremy spokane wa [via mobile]

How will you end this fight Jon

Chael Sonnen
  (2:32 PM)

Brutally.

Kirk L (Sayre, PA)

Will CM PUNK be in your corner?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:33 PM)

Figuratively or literally?

Mike (Oregon)

Do you think Vegas is giving away money this Sat night???

Chael Sonnen
  (2:33 PM)

No, but we are damn sure taking it.

Sean (Boston)

Chael, which submission do you think Jon will finish you with Saturday? I'm going out on a limb and picking triangle.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:33 PM)

Hey Sean, how is your mom doing. She left awfully late last night and boy was she drunk.

Chris (Wisco)

Did you and Anderson ever have that BBQ?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:34 PM)

No. I don't eat dog.

Shaun (Maine)

any regrets for comments about Brazil as a country?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:34 PM)

Yes, I wish I would have made more.

Scott (MI)

Read your book, loved it. Will you write another one when you retire undefeated and undisputed?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:35 PM)

It's good to be in the presence of a fellow genius.

Dan (New York)

Have you been training with Magalhaes again? What do you think about his chances against Phil Davis?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:35 PM)

Yes.

The Iron Sheik (The Atlanta)

Bubba, Jon Jones the real or the Virgil?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:35 PM)

Make him humble.

patrick (brooklyn)

Remember when you and Jason Mayhem Miller fell through the canvas? Good times!

Chael Sonnen
  (2:35 PM)

True.

Jon (Nebraska)

Was this camp free from injury? After this fight, who do you want next?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:36 PM)

Yes. I do not participate in injuries.

Luvison (Athens, PA)

We are having Chael Fest this weekend, you want to stop by after you win?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:36 PM)

I would love to, but I'm going to take a rain check.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:36 PM)

No.

Eric (PA)

Chael- I will be there Saturday night? How fast until you put him on his back? Good luck!

Chael Sonnen
  (2:37 PM)

How quick can Bruce Buffer get out of the cage.

Mark (VA)

Would you fight Rampage outside of the UFC?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:37 PM)

I slapped Rampage in a bar about a week ago.

Alex (England)

Whats the craziest thing you've seen in a training camp?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:37 PM)

Nothing crazy.

ZEB COLTER (TENNESSEE)

HOW SHOULD THIS COUNTRY PROTECT OUR BORDERS?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:38 PM)

Following the laws that are in place.

Dan (New York)

I read your book too...please walk out to "Sun King"!

Chael Sonnen
  (2:38 PM)

Ha!

Christian (Scandi)

Your mom hasn't almost shot Yushin again right?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:38 PM)

No, I think he learned his lesson to knock.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:39 PM)

No.

Charlie B (Mean Streets of Flower Mound, Tx)

Can you hook me up with front row seats to the Jon Jones beatdown Saturday?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:39 PM)

Yes I could.

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Would you rather humiliate Jon or humble him?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:39 PM)

Beat.

Tom (Chicago)

You get boo'ed a lot. What would you do if the crowd actually cheered for you?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:39 PM)

I'm not looking for their approval. They can take their cheers and shove them up their ass.

Murph (Boston)

Lots of people seem to enjoy slapping Rampage in bars, I think Rashad did it once too.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:40 PM)

Sounds right.

Shawn (Huntington , WV)

Hey Chael, been a Huge fan since the Marquardt fight. Are you worried about Jones threating you off his back?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:40 PM)

Yes.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:40 PM)

Yes.

Tom (Canada)

Chael, what is ur thoughts about the fan that attacked you last weekend?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:40 PM)

He should have been quicker.

Eric (pa)

are any of the guys you coached on tuf training with you now?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:41 PM)

Yes, all of them.

Micheal Jordan (Chicago)

Who is your biggest inspiration besides your mom Chael?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:41 PM)

It wasn't you.

Alan (Oakland)

Who is Front Row Brian?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:41 PM)

Trouble.

Tucker (Las Vegas)

weakest spot in Jones' game?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:41 PM)

His shorts.

Mogoli (Jungle book)

Would you drink your own urine if it gave you super powers?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:41 PM)

No.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:42 PM)

No.

MIke (Chicago)

have you perfected the spinning backfist yet?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:42 PM)

Nope. Threw it away.

Brock Lesnar (Texas)

What Up Chael

Chael Sonnen
  (2:42 PM)

Mind your own business, Brock.

Bob (IN)

Good luck on Saturday. Watch out for those elbows.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:43 PM)

Take your advice, save it into a paper sack, drive down the freeway, roll the window down and let the sack go.

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Ever prop bet on a fight?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:43 PM)

Yes.

mconnery (BOSTON)

Will you be suing KFC for utilizing the promo: I Ate The Bones?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:43 PM)

LOL.

david (nyc)

do you think your skull will hurt JBJ's elbows?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:43 PM)

Yes.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:44 PM)

Right.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:44 PM)

That.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:44 PM)

Wait, what?

Sean (Phoenix)

How much longer do you plan on fighting professionally?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:44 PM)

As long as there is people that need their ass kicked, I will continue my obligation to society.

Kyle (CA) [via mobile]

Any new advancements in steroid masking you're excited about?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:44 PM)

Several.

Dana White(vegas baby) [via mobile]

You better win Saturday man, I got money riding on you!

Chael Sonnen
  (2:45 PM)

I appreciate the new Bentley. I promise to drive safely.

Ruben (Los Angeles) [via mobile]

Who do you think would win, GSP vs the spider?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:45 PM)

GSP. Not even close.

Luvison (Athens, PA)

Who has hit more telephone polls, Jon Jones or an Electrician?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:45 PM)

Haha. It's close.

Joe (Phoenix)

After you beat Jon you should take Cain's belt.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:45 PM)

It's a good idea.

Tom (Chicago)

If you win, is this the biggest upset ever?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:46 PM)

I don't make those rules.

Shaun (Maine)

do you think Uriah Hall has what it takes to make it in the UFC

Chael Sonnen
  (2:46 PM)

He will be world champion.

Drew fox (riverside) [via mobile]

Somebody famous in history you would like to fight?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:46 PM)

Yeah, there is lots of people. Currently, my congressman Kurt Shrader.

mconnery (BOSTON)

Chael, would you say the most significant aspect of your game superior to Jones is your heart?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:47 PM)

My chemist.

Drew (Iowa City)

Is this the biggest fight of your life?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:47 PM)

Sure.

Eric (Atlanta) [via mobile]

Watching the show you and Jones seemed ok with each other but with Silva there was a lot of animosity. Which is better? Hating your opponent or just taking care of business?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:47 PM)

Taking care of business.

Tyson Fury (Ireland)

What kind of sandwhich? Rueben?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:48 PM)

I'm good, your sister just brought one by.

Pernt (NYC)

how much money will you make on saturday?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:48 PM)

If we meet certain projected thresholds, $10 million. But I don't do it for the money. I would also like to note that zero of those dollars will be going to charity.

Matt (DC)

Will Wiedman beat Silva?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:48 PM)

Within two rounds.

Bobby J (Charlotte)

You vs Chuck Norris vs Bruce Lee who wins and why?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:49 PM)

Those guys suck so bad, it's hard to take your question seriously. Chuck Norris.

Sean (Phoenix)

Is it true that these chat obligations are a waste of time for someone as glorious as yourself??

Chael Sonnen
  (2:49 PM)

EAGLE.

Tyson Fury's Sister (Chael's Bedroom)

That wasn't corned beef....

Chael Sonnen
  (2:49 PM)

Didn't taste like it.

Dan (New York)

With both your fighters in the TUF Finale, who were you rooting for?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:50 PM)

Neither. Did not watch the fight.

Ron Burgandy (San Diago)

If you could be anyone for a day who would you be?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:50 PM)

Chael P. Sonnen, the same as you.

Brad L. (Illinois)

It was great seeing the coacing side of Chael Sonnen, Do you think that would be something you would like to do when you retire?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:50 PM)

No.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:50 PM)

No.

Pernt (NYC)

How badly do you want to fight Steven Seagal?

Chael Sonnen
  (2:51 PM)

I have zero interest.

Chael Sonnen
  (2:51 PM)

To the fans: Jon Jones is going to be reminded the hard way why you never piss off a gangster.