Insults fly ahead of light heavyweight title fight between The Ultimate fighter coaches.
The war of words has raged for months, but soon the only talking will be in the form of fists, knees and elbows.
Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Sonnen at UFC 159 at Newark, New Jersey, capping off months of talk between the two.
The rivalry harks back to when Sonnen put his hand up to fight Jones on just eight days notice when Dan Henderson injured his knee before UFC 151.
Jones said he would not fight anybody on such short timeframe and refused to face the Sonnen, resulting in the UFC doing the unprecedented and cancelling the entire card.
Since then Sonnen has accused Jones of running scared, however, the fateful bout was set when the two were cast as coaches for the latest series of The Ultimate Fighter.
While some might argue Sonnen is known for his mouth as much as his skills in the Octogon, he has shown a different side of himself on the reality show.
Serious about his training and his students, Sonnen has also admitted he has softened his stance towards Jones given his attitude towards the sport also.
But since the show has wrapped the barbs have again come out with Sonnen starting a countdown on his Twitter account to April 27.
25 – the minutes Jon Jones will spend on his back having a make out session with my fists #UFC159 #4/27/13
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 1, 2013
27 – the number of unfortunate souls collected on my path to immortality #UFC159 #4/27/13
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) March 30, 2013
30 – the days left until the fall of your champion and the rise of the DARKSIDE#UFC159 #4/27/13
— chael sonnen (@sonnench) March 27, 2013
Jones himself has not been shy of using social media to hit Sonnen with a few verbal jabs before gets the chance to do it in person.
Actively using your Twitter doesn’t make you anymore or less of a champion
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 12, 2013
You’re using your TV platform to clown me, it’s all good because Im going to use my TV platform to clown you
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 20, 2013
In what should be one of the biggest title fights of the year for the UFC, the promotion is building the hype early with a video preview looking into the main event and the co-main event between England’s Michael Bisbing and Alan Belcher.
Check out the preview for the Jones v Sonnen title fight and the Bisbing v Belcher bout below: