Chael Sonnen Appears On ESPN, Sounds Off On Jon Jones

Chael Sonnen made an appearance on ESPNEWS Thursday afternoon after the dust had settle from the report that UFC 151 would be cancelled.

Sonnen, who offered to take the place of Dan Henderson and face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on short notice, had some typical Chael P. Sonnen comments for “Bones.”

UFC president Dana White said that Sonnen was the only fighter willing to take the main event slot vs. Jones, but that Jones phoned him Thursday morning to say he would not accept the fight.

“Nobody has to fight,” Sonnen said. “Nobody has to go with this coming. When this industry is counting on your to honor your word, you have to honor your word.”

Sonnen mentioned that Henderson was willing to face Jones despite the partial tear in his knee, adding, “Dan Henderson on one leg was willing to do what Jon Jones healthy wasn’t.”

Jones and Sonnen remain on schedule to fight again this year, but not against one another. Jones will meet Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 in September, while Sonnen takes on Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December.

When asked if he knew why Jones turned down the fight, Sonnen answered, “Maybe Jon thought he had to drive (to Las Vegas). I just don’t know why he won’t fight me next Saturday. What else does he have to do? Is there a wine tasting at the local race track?”

The remaining fights on UFC 151 will be placed among other cards. The co-main event has been moved to October, but several fighters will have to try and withstand another month of no income from the UFC, a matter that upset Sonnen.

“The promotion is gonna move on just as strong as ever. The promotion always does because absolute geniuses run it,” Sonnen said. “For the fighters, this is gonna be really hard. There is a domino effect. Some of those guys, and I say this with absolute sincerity, those guys, it’s a difference of eating or skipping a meal (not receiving a check for fighting). They are gonna lose out because one brat couldn’t find the courage to step up.”

  • diego

    stfu sonnen everyone know you just want to fight the most famous people that you know your going to lode aginst to get lots of money

  • Mr. Phantom

    It is a matter of should Jones have fought or not, the answer is yes he should have fought. He should not be asked to fight Sonnet. This man is coming off of two straight losses, consecutively, in a row. He jumps weight division and immediately gets a title shot? That is very undeserving. The story should be, Lyota Machida not taking a shot in his match and refusing the title defense when he is already in good shape…. Just saying.

    • http://twitter.com/jsande12 james

      two consecutive losses?

  • Truth

    Jones is a pussy…

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