“I’m not terribly surprised on either front really,” Couture explained on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live. “I think at the end of the day it’s a business decision. This is a business, and Chael Sonnen is going to bring it and hype up any single fight he’s in. I think Jon Jones, in denying him on the short-notice eight-day fight, made it inevitable they were going to have to fight at some point. I think I would’ve taken eight-days training camp rather than a full training camp, but I’m not Jon Jones.”
Sonnen’s selection especially has drawn widespread criticism from fans and fighters who feel he unfairly jumped to the front of the pack on the strength of his promotion skills. “The American Gangster” is listed as high as a 4-to-1 underdog on numerous sportsbooks, however Couture, who long trained alongside Sonnen at Team Quest, believes people are gravely overlooking his chances.
“Chael has a great opportunity to win this fight actually,” Couture said. “Technically I see a similar style fight as Anderson Silva. If he wades through him and makes Jon Jones wrestle him the entire fight, I think he can win that.
“He can do it, but he needs that gameplan. He needs to make it a wrestling match, start to finish.”