The friction between Jon Jones (17-1) and UFC president Dana White hasn’t disappeared. Last year, Jones felt he was treated “like as a piece of meat” when it pertained to the cancellation of UFC 151.
“That’s a little diva, there,” said White during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. “You know what I mean? Being treated like a piece of meat. That’s a diva.”
White and top UFC officials initially placed the sole blame for the cancellation on Jones and his coach Greg Jackson. Jones declined to face Chael Sonnen (27-12-2) on about a week’s notice after his original opponent Dan Henderson (29-8) went down with a knee injury. Jones cited a lack of time to prepare for the fight and claimed that Sonnen, who is a teammate of Jones, has been training for weeks as he knew about the injury.
Since the cancellation, it appeared that White and Jones were back on civil terms.
Jones will now meet Sonnen on April 27 from New Jersey. The two recently served as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.