UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones knows that he will forever be blamed for the cancellation of UFC 151 in the eyes of nearly everyone. “Bones,” who is set to defend his title at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort against Vitor Belfort, doesn’t agree with those feelings.
“I felt like a piece of meat,” said Jones, during an interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani. “My job is not to be popular among fighters, I could care less if any fighter liked me or not; my job is to show up, do my job and go back home.”
Jones declined a short-notice fight with Chael Sonnen after Dan Henderson was forced to pull out of the main event with a knee injury. Instead of attempting to keep the card going, UFC president Dana White canceled the show – the first time the UFC has done that in 11 years.
“I haven’t talked to Dana White; I’ll let him calm down then talk to him,” Jones said. “He has his reasons to be upset but I think he has to realize that I have a reason too. I thought he would be more supportive. He thinks I’m scared of Sonnen. I’m not scared. It’s about being smart.”
Jones and Belfort will collide on September 22 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.