Morning Report: Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones is a 'considerably better' fighter than Anderson Silva

Jonathan Ferrey

Wherever you were this past weekend, I hope the weather was beautiful, sleep was caught up on, and your time was productive. Because after three consecutive weeks of UFC events, the show is about to roll on.

We've got Barao vs. McDonald, Rousey vs. Carmouche, and Silva vs. Stann on tap over the next 21 days, not to mention Henderson-Machida, Struve-Hunt, Poirier-Swanson, plus plenty of Bellator action to whet your appetite for unrest. So needless to say, the past few days are probably the last semblance of a breather you're going to get for a while. But hey, it wouldn't be much fun any other way. Now let's get to some headlines.

Star-divide

7 MUST-READ STORIES

Sonnen: Jones 'better' than Silva. Speaking to FOX Sports Radio, perennial UFC contender Chael Sonnen claimed his upcoming opponent, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, was a "considerably better" fighter than his former rival Anderson Silva by a "big gap." Added Sonnen: "Jon comes out there with something new every time. Some trick that it appears he's making up. Stuff I've never seen."

Bisping responds to Belfort TRT. After learning of Vitor Belfort's therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy at UFC on FX 7, Michael Bisping issued a lengthy statement on his website. Per the statement: "I have made my views on TRT very, very clear. I don't feel that I need to go into depth about it again right now. All I have to add, about this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone legally. A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone, so I don't understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption to then increase testosterone."

Mendes bout scratched. A thumb injury forced Manny Gamburyan to withdraw from his featherweight bout against Chad Mendes at UFC 157. Mendes then called out top contender Ricardo Lamas, however Lamas revealed he was already booked for May. UFC officials ultimately scratched Mendes from the card.

Aldo favored over Pettis. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo opened as a slight favorite (-160) over former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (+130) ahead of the pair's August title tilt, according to the folks over at BestFightOdds.

Ortiz: Cyborg asked for her release. Former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos requested to be released by the UFC, her manager Tito Ortiz revealed to Inside MMA.

Barao would consider featherweight move. In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao considered the possibility of moving up to featherweight if and when Nova Uniao teammate Jose Aldo moves up to lightweight.

Hardy talks retirement. UFC welterweight Dan Hardy admitted that while he hopes 2013 will be a big year for him, "The Outlaw" is already looking ahead to life after mixed martial arts. Said Hardy: "I'm very determined to make this a big year for me and step away from the top of the sport and do something else for a while."

Star-divide

MEDIA STEW

Quick top-3 from Dana White's latest video blog: 1.) How heartwarming it is to see all of the Strikeforce guys so ecstatic to be there, 2.) Dana White's quip to Chuck Liddell right after Alistair Overeem gets brutally knocked out, and 3.) The entire scene at the end with Frankie Edgar.

Star-divide

Goosebumps, I have them.

(HT: Reddit)

Star-divide

I have no idea what I just watched, but it was definitely something.

Star-divide

As always, if you missed any part of last week's Bellator main card, feel free to check it out with the replay below. Or just skip ahead to 54:45 to see Alexander Shlemenko roll to the title then deliver a legendarily Russian post-fight speech. I AM BEAT YOU!

SPIKE
Bellator MMA - Feb 7 - Episode 804
www.spike.com
Spike Full Episodes Spike Video Clips Spike on Facebook

Star-divide

The gang is back to talk Aldo vs. Pettis, UFC rankings, Dana White vs. Spike, TRT and more on the latest edition of The MMA Beat.

Star-divide

I really want to spoil this wild Croatian brawl for you guys, but it's probably best if I let you see for yourself.

(HT: MiddleEasy)

Star-divide

Mike Goldberg, don't ever change.

Star-divide

So, Masato Toys messed around a little and wound up with an entire album of these radically bizarre photoshops. You should probably check it out. (Check out the Masato Toys and GDC MMA site for more.)

Randy_noknows_medium

(HT: MiddleEasy)

Star-divide

HMMMM...

Star-divide

UNFORTUNATE

Star-divide

BACK TO THE GRIND

Star-divide

MORE ON TRT

Star-divide

JAPANESE UFC 157 POSTER

Star-divide

TAKE HIM UP ON IT, GENTS

Star-divide

BEST. WEDDING. EVER.

Star-divide

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced over the weekend (Friday, February 8, 2013 - Sunday, February 10, 2013):

Star-divide

FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day sees JonBon Joey don his Joe Silva hat for: UFC Mock Cards for the Summer

The UFC will be putting on 4 straight cards in April; Fuel 9, TUF Finale, FOX 7, & 159. This is how I see May, June & into July playing out:

UFC on FX 8: May 18th

- Ricardo Lamas vs Chan Sung Jung
- Donald Cerrone vs Evan Dunham
- Costa Phillipou vs Roger Gracie
- Erick Silva vs Mike Pyle

UFC 160: May 25th

- Cain Velasquez vs Bigfoot Silva II
- Junior Dos Santos vs Alistair Overeem
- Vitor Belfort vs Luke Rockhold
- TJ Grant vs Gray Maynard
- Travis Browne vs Stipe Miocic

(Prelims)

- Tyrone Woodley vs Mike Pierce
- Amir Sadollah vs Stephen Thompson
- KJ Noons vs Melvin Guillard
- Yves Edwards vs Mac Danzig

UFC on FX 9: June 8th (Brazil)

- Fabricio Werdum vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira II
- Rafael Do Anjos vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Diego Brandao vs Max Holloway
- Edson Barboza vs Isaac Vallie-Flagg
- Hugo Vianna vs TJ Dillashaw

UFC on Fuel 10: June 15th

- Cung Le vs Jacare Souza
- Tarec Saffiedine vs Martin Kampmann
- Jon Fitch vs Jake Shields
- Charles Oliviera vs Jimmy Hettes
- Igor Pokrcjac vs Brandon Vera
- Yuri Alcantara vs Scott Jorgensen

UFC on FX 10: June 29nd

- Demetrius Johnson vs Joe Benavidez II
- Nate Marquardt vs Thiago Alves
- Tim Boetsch vs Mark Munoz
- John Dodson vs John Moraga

UFC 161: July 6th

- Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman
- Shogun Rua vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira II
- Glover Texiera vs Ryan Bader
- Joe Lauzon vs Matt Wiman
- Fabio Maldonado vs Chris Leben (MW, maybe 195)

(Prelims)

- Jamie Varner vs Bobby Green
- Diego Nunes vs Eric Koch
- Todd Duffee vs Gabriel Gonzaga
- Steven Siler vs Jeremy Stephens

- Now keep in mind that I finished 4 cards in 5 weeks, not abnormal, but that means they likely wouldnt book another show until July 27th, & then Aldo vs Pettis Aug 3rd.

- I didnt use names Like Edgar or Rashad & by Aug Rousey, Barao/McDonald, Hendo/Machida, GSP, Diaz, Rory, Condit, Kos, Maia, Hendricks, Lombard, Stann, Struve, Hunt, Diego, Mendes, Faber, Cub, Porier, Thiago Silva all should be ready. Not too mention some fighters from the 4 cards in April as well. The possibility still exists that Franklin, Carwin, Penn (@ LW), or even Rampage may fight again by mid-summer as well.

- The UFC is as deep as ever & even though injuries would ultimately adjust these cards to some degree, they'll also deepen other cards down the line.

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.

More from MMA Fighting

In This Article

Events
Fighters
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker