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Melanson: Sonnen Could Be Like Ali

Kelsey Mowatt

Chael Sonnen

Xtreme Couture’s head grappling coach Neil Melanson, is like nearly everybody else, picking Jon Jones to beat Chael Sonnen tonight at UFC 159. While Melanson believes Jones will remain light-heavyweight champ, he also thinks Sonnen has the potential to be one of the all time greats.

While speaking with Fightline’s Michael Stets, Melanson was asked to breakdown tonight’s headliner, since, the renowned grappler knows a thing or two about this whole “ultimate fighting” thing.

Melanson relayed that although Sonnen is the better wrestler, and that Sonnen might take Jones down a few times, he believe Jones will return to his feet and work his way to the win. In addition, Melanson also shared the following “candid” and fascinating comments about the former middleweight contender.

“I’ll be candid, I have nothing to hide. I don’t really care. I’m not interested in making friends, and I’ll say what I feel. Everything comes down to Chael. It comes down to him personally. I personally think he has all the ability and tools to be one of the greatest fighters to live. Especially with the fact that he is such a good speaker, he’s charismatic the whole deal. He could be like a Muhammad Ali. The reason why Chael is not the greatest fighter who ever lived is not because of anyone else but Chael himself.”

Melanson also speculated as to whether Sonnen has been training enough, due to his extensive commentating and media commitments. Very interesting read.

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