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VCURamFan 01-22-2013 02:14 PM

Chael Sonnen on new TUF: 'This tournament is incredibly nasty'


With the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) debuting Tuesday night on FX starting at 8 p.m. ET, much of what has happened has remained secretive behind all the multimillion dollar non-disclosure forms that have been signed.

But a few things have come out from various sources. The quality of the fighters and the fights is said to be a step up from the past few seasons. But as far as a coaching dynamic, if you're expecting Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones to be this year's edition of Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson, or Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz, coaches who spend most of their time building up their own fight and spend a season seemingly on the verge of a violent explosion, it doesn't appear that is happening.

The show will also be repeated on Saturday night on FOX at 11 p.m., with the idea of putting it right after the nightly news that follows the UFC live show from Chicago. There is also the added twist in the first episode in that fighters were allowed to bring family in to watch their fights, leading to different types of emotions from both the winners and losers.

Before the season started, Jones had talked about how much he didn't like Sonnen, stemming from the endless verbal salvos Sonnen had fired in his direction in the aftermath of the canceled UFC 151 show. Sonnen agreed 10 days before fight time to face Jones in a title fight, but Jones turned him down given how close fight time was. At the time Jones said, among the reasons, was Sonnen wasn't deserving of a title fight. Sonnen hasn't won any fights since that happened. However, how deserving he was in August is exactly how deserving he is today.

But the business realities, in the sense Jones has the chance to make significantly more money against Sonnen than any other opp