UFC Tonight wasn’t quite the news-breaking episode of recent weeks, but the show did involve plenty of discussion concerning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
With the news of UFC 151 being canceled happening between the two most recent episodes of the show, that was to be expected.
Analyst and former UFC title contender Kenny Florian offered up his take on Jones’ decision to decline a potentially card-saving fight with Chael Sonnen.
Jon Jones is one of the best fighters in the world. He is the champion. He is going into a main event hat he is already prepared for and a title fight he is already prepared for. They gave him a guy like Chael who is, in my opinion – sorry Chael – isn’t as dangerous as Dan Henderson. Jon Jones is a wrestler. He is fighting a guy who is coming up from 185, and he really should have taken this fight.
Helwani talked with both Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson, who were moved from the main event to the co-main event of UFC 152. They will compete for the first-ever UFC flyweight title.
Both had interesting takes on the confusing situation. Joseph Benavidez took the news very well and said he got into the UFC to be a champion, not to fight in main events. As for Demetrious Johnson, he was bummed out. ‘It sucked,’ he said. He was shocked by it and needed time to digest it. But then he thought about it and decided that more people will watch the fight and that would be a good thing.
As for the prospects concerning Chris Weidman, Helwani reported that the “All-American” is flattered by Alan Belcher’s offer to meet in November, but would prefer a meeting with another middleweight.
His response was that he’s still hoping and waiting for a fight with Anderson Silva, but the UFC still has not said if he will fight him. If he can’t fight Anderson Silva, he said he would like to fight with a No. 1 contender fighter. So what he proposed is fighting the winner of (Michael) Bisping vs. (Brian) Stann for a No. 1 contender spot.