Though many are painting a gloomy picture for Chael Sonnen prospects of defeating UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones on April 27 in New Jersey, UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture actually believes Sonnen has the upper hand.
"I think Chael has a great opportunity to win this fight, actually," Couture told MMA Uncensored. "Technically, I see a similar style fight as Anderson Silva. If he wades through it and can make Jon Jones wrestle him, I think he can win that. I think he can do it, but he needs to make it a wrestling match, start to finish."
Just less than two weeks ago, UFC president Dana White revealed that Sonnen, after coming off of a gut-wrenching defeat to middleweight champion Anderson Silva, would be moved up the ladder at light-heavyweight and square off against the champion, Jones, in his UFC light-heavyweight debut.
In addition, both are set to coach opposite one another during the upcoming season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter."
Many fans, UFC fighters and members of the media were upset with the decision, believing that Sonnen, who is a notorious trash talker and self-promoter, had talked himself into a title shot.
But UFC president Dana White defended his decision, stating that Sonnen was the only fighter to step up when he needed someone to face Jones at UFC 151 in order to save the event. Sonnen agreed to the contest on just 8-days notice after White pleaded with all of the other light-heavyweight contenders, who all, according to White, told him that they wouldn't be able to be ready in time.
Jones infamously turned the fight down, however, and the event was cancelled, but Sonnen had shown his mettle, and the gesture was not forgotten.
Couture sees both sides, but believes that Jones created the situation when he turned down the fight with Sonnen at UFC 151.
"I think, at the end of the day, it's a business decision." Randy Couture said. "This is a business, and Chael Sonnen is gonna bring it and hype up any single fight he's in. I think Jon Jones, in denying him the fight on eight days notice, made it inevitable that they were gonna have to fight at some point. I think I would have taken him on an eight days' training camp than on a full training camp, but I'm not Jon Jones.