While Anderson Silva (32-4) understands Jon Jones’ (16-1) decision to withdraw from UFC 151, he thought the champion could have taken Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) on.
“You did your entire preparation focused on one guy,” said Silva to TATAME. “When they replace a guy it changes a bit. I thought he could fight Chael, but it’s his call to make. He trained focused on Dan Henderson. His team thought it was better for him not to fight.”
Silva is no stranger to Sonnen, as he defended his championship successfully against him at UFC 117 and 148.