- 17-1 MMA / 11-1 UFC Record
- 8 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Maurico ‘Shogun’ Rua, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans
- 27-12-1 MMA / 6-5 UFC Record
- Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
- Notable Wins: Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping
April 27th, 2012
UFC officials announced today that light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones will coach the 17th season of the Ultimate Fighter alongside budding rival, Chael Sonnen. It was also announced that the two would meet inside the cage on April 27th at an event to be determined. Sonnen was scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155, but that has been cancelled.
Jon Jones continued his path of destruction through the UFC light heavyweight division with a fourth round submission win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. The win was his eighth in a row, including wins over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Lyoto Machida, and Rashad Evans.
Chael Sonnen will move up to the light heavyweight division after failing to take UFC gold from Anderson Silva for the second time. At UFC 148, Silva defeated Sonnen with a second round TKO. Besides Anderson Silva, Sonnen defeated the who’s who of middleweight division, including Yushin Okami, Brian Stann, and Michael Bisping.