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Sonnen Turned Down TUF 1 Spot, Jones Rejected For Being To Young

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Both Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones will coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter and this week discussed their past experiences with the show.

Sonnen talked about his chance to be one of the contestants on the first season:

“When the show very first started, the first coaches ever were my coach, friend, teammate Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell, arguably the greatest light heavyweight ever,” Sonnen told ( “In fact, the argument would be between those two: Chuck and Randy. I was just a fan. I watched it as a fan. They asked me to be on the show as an athlete, and I passed on the chance. It was on a different network at that time, but an executive at that office invited me on as an athlete. Then I loved the show.

Jones on the other hand was trying out for a spot in the TUF house but was ultimately denied due to being just 20 years old at the time, too young to enter due alcohol being readily available and the legal age to drink being 21.

“I tried out for 'The Ultimate Fighter' back when I was 20 years old,” Jones said. “I remember making it through the first round and then approaching a table to grapple for the second round and having Dana

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