UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t shy away from answering questions about Chael Sonnen during his whirl-wind tour of ESPN recently. “Bones” appeared on various ESPN shows ahead of facing Vitor Belfort this Saturday night at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort.
Jones declined a fight with Sonnen that would have kept UFC 151 on schedule, and caught plenty of heat from UFC president Dana White, Sonnen and other fighters.
“I pretty much had everything to lose in that situation,” said Jones on SportsCenter. “Chael Sonnen is a guy whose record is, I think, 6-5, which isn’t a very good record to even fight for a world title. I just thought it would be a bad decision to give a guy the opportunity of a lifetime like that.”
Jones will instead face another former UFC light heavyweight champion in Belfort. He has successfully defended his title against ex-champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans since winning it from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Jones also called Sonnen out, saying he knew weeks ahead of time that Dan Henderson was injured. Sonnen, and his coaches, have denied knowing anything concerning Henderson’s knee injury.
“Chael Sonnen knew his teammate was hurt, he obviously knew his teammate was hurt,” Jones said. “He had prepared up to three weeks for me. That would give me eight days, when he had three weeks.”