Jon Jones: Fighting Chael Sonnen On Short Notice Would Have Been ‘Dumbest Idea Ever’

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones decided it was time to finally talk late Thursday night.

After hearing everyone else offer up their take on why he didn’t accept a fight with Chael Sonnen on short notice, Jones explained his reasoning in an interview with

Dan Henderson got hurt, and the fight was canceled. I signed a contract a long time ago to fight Dan Henderson. That’s what I studied for, and that’s what I prepared myself for. To take a fight with a different opponent in which I would basically have three days of training before traveling and then starting to cut weight, I just thought would be the dumbest idea ever. I wouldn’t have been properly prepared.

The UFC asked Sonnen to replace Dan Henderson and meet Jones at UFC 151. After Jones declined the bout, UFC officials axed the card completely, causing several of the prelim fighters to grow concerned over when they would compete next.

The majority of the scheduled matches for UFC 151 have since been rescheduled, but Jones still offered up an apology to those hurt by the decision.

I definitely apologize to the other fighters on the card. I feel terrible, but it also wasn’t my decision to cancel the whole card. I don’t make those decisions.

Jones will have a few more weeks to prepare for his next fight, as he has signed to face Lyoto Machida a second time on September 22 at UFC 152.

Photo credit: Tracy Lee/Yahoo! Sports

  • What the hell man…

    Actually it was your fault… You knew it was the only way to make it possible since machida was already flying to brazil, Now you dont want to fight a guy lighter than you that took it on 8 days notice in a differn’t weight class and so now machida is taking the next flight back.

  • warriordave927

    Wtf,machida turned down the fightand now vitor belfort is fighting Jones,I understand there’s already booked fights for other guys but why not just give the spot to another lhw,I was fine with chael stepping in because he’s moving to lhw anyway but why not give the shot to Alex Gustafson or Glover tiexiera

    • wussydaveisDUMB

      Because nobody knows who the fuck those tomato cans are! That’s why. Vitor is a brand. A trusted brand that will ensure good PPV numbers.

  • Ed Lib

    you guys, check UFC website!!! wtf???? JOnes vs Vitor Belfort now?????????????????? huh?

    • Dana Becker

      Craziest day in MMA that I have been involved in…..

  • Ben Rage

    What is it with everyone turning down fights these days? Chuck Liddell never refused to fight anyone ever. I know he would fight Jones if Dana would let him.

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