If you see former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wandering around a hotel lobby at six in the morning, try to look away with the same vigor as if Dr. Rene Belloq opened the door. Ark of the Covenant.
Unless you want to take a trip to the moon.
It was a lesson Chael Sonnen and his mother learned in the wake of UFC 159, shortly after Jones stopped “The American Gangster” in the first round of their 205-pound title fight. I don’t know how “Bones” was so active after this horrific injury, but something tells me he wasn’t feeling any pain.
“Oh my God, that was awesome,” Sonnen said. MMA time (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “So Jon and I fight in New Jersey, and we’re done [at] around 2:00 a.m. [and back] of the arena. The fight ends at 1:00 a.m. and I have to stitch myself up, then there’s a post-fight press conference, so it’s 2:00 a.m., it’s late at night. I have to be in the lobby at 6:00 am the next morning to meet my mom and get to the airport back to Portland. So Jon was up 24 hours a day, and when I get to my mom’s in the hotel lobby at 6 a.m., it’s just my mom and Jon Jones there.
“Jon only wears red sweatpants,” Sonnen continued. “He has no shirt, no hat, no shoes. When I say nothing, he’s only wearing red sweatpants. And he visits her, and he’s very polite. Jon apologizes, my mother and I collect our bags and we leave. Jon takes the elevator, then he exits. It was one of those hotels where the doors are on the outside so you can see everything. And Jon yells at her one last time so that she looks up – pulled down her pants, luned her, went to her room and fell asleep. She loved it.
Prior to their showdown at UFC 159, Jones and Sonnen were opposing coaches in Season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), where they became enemies for life. That said, their already rocky relationship could be strained after an eventful 2021 for both fighters.
“Some people think it’s rude,” Sonnen said of the full moon. “My mom loved it. She bragged about it to her bunco group. She posted a message on Facebook. She still laughs about it to this day, so I don’t want to hear people saying Jon was inappropriate. It was a fun time. It’s up to my mother to decide. She liked it. I’m still angry and annoyed with Jon. I think he would be against me too. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take a step back and acknowledge that Jon is a pretty funny guy.
Sonnen, 44, retired from active competition after losing to Lyoto Machida under the Bellator MMA banner in the summer of 2019. As for the still-inactive Jones, 34, he is expected to make his heavyweight debut at some point in 2022.