Article

Jones, Sonnen Get TUF Assignment, April Fight Date

The war between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and longtime contender Chael Sonnen began on Twitter, but UFC president Dana White revealed on Tuesday that it will end in the Octagon, as the two rivals will compete as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter's 17th season and then face each other in an April bout at a site to be determined.

White broke the news today to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

Originally scheduled to make his return to 205 pounds against Forrest Griffin this December at UFC 155, Sonnen will now begin filming TUF 17 later this month. Jones, nursing an arm injury suffered in his UFC 152 win over Vitor Belfort, will also be on the sidelines until the Sonnen bout in April.

Watch Past Fights

Media

Recent
Insults fly and the enmity grows when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and interim titleholder Jon Jones discuss their upcoming rematch at UFC 200 in Las Vegas in a heated interview. Hosted by Joe Rogan.
Jul 1, 2016
Forrest Griffin and Matt Parrino preview the fights w/ rankings implications at IFW in Las Vegas when Rafael Dos Anjos faces Eddie Alvarez meet at Fight Night Las Vegas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes on Claudia Gadelha at The Ultimate Fighter Finale.
Jul 1, 2016
Preview one of the biggest rivalries in all of MMA, as Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha fight in a rematch for the strawweight title on July 8.
Jul 1, 2016
Go inside a training day of Joanna Jedrzeczyk in the lead up to her title fight against Claudia Gadelha. Don't miss the strawweight championship bout at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8.
Jul 1, 2016