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It seems Jon Jones doesn’t have to dislike all of his old opponents.

In fact, the former UFC light heavyweight champion can even appreciate some of their comments these days.

Today, Jones read an interview given by former challenger Chael Sonnen with, and clearly appreciated some of his past foes kind words, taking to Twitter to quote them.

“When a younger fighter beats an older fighter and then they rematch… the younger fighter wins again only easier,” Sonnen had told FloCombat. “That is the rule of fighting and holds true in boxing, wrestling or MMA. You would have to go back and search two decades to find a scenario where that didn’t happen.

“There is a meaningful gap in their ages, and their first fight wasn’t close. A lot of people forget that, but it was not close. I had it 5-0 to Jon Jones, and the official judges had it 4-1. It was not a competitive fight. It was fun, and Daniel tried, and by Jon Jones’ standards next to [Alexander] Gustafsson it was his closest fight, but he still won by a large margin. And to make believe that with age and time Daniel caught him somehow is a big leap.”

Jones and Sonnen fought back at UFC 159 after coaching opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter. While Sonnen had brought his usual phenomenal repertoire of trash talk, the fight itself was a one-sided victory for Jones — although a freak toe injury could have cost him had he not finished the fight early.