Jon Jones Defends Reason For Declining Chael Sonnen Bout

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has no regrets about deciding to decline a short-notice bout with Chael Sonnen.

By doing so, the UFC was forced to cancel the entire UFC 151 card that was scheduled for last Saturday – the first time in 11 years the promotion has had to do such an act.

Jones, in an interview with the Associated Press, stated that he would make the same decision again if it was proposed to him.

I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana (White) had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself. The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.

Jones was scheduled to meet Dan Henderson, but a knee injury knocked Henderson out of the bout. Instead, the UFC proposed both several other challengers for Jones, but nobody accepted. Sonnen, however, agreed to take the fight despite it being just a week away.

Jones was greeted with intense backlash from White, fellow fighters and others involved in MMA.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of controversy. A lot of insults right now. People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight.’ Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody, anything.

Jones also said that he believes his relationship with White can be repaired, adding, “A lot of good can come out of it.”

Photo credit: Esther Lin/MMAFighting

  • Susan Walker

    for once I agree with dana on this one. Jones was too afraid to fight a smaller fighter who did not train for him, that he prob could have beaten easily and saved ufc 151 but instead wants to be selfish and not give a shit about the ufc, the employees of the ufc, the other fighters on that card. Very obvious by saying he would do the exact same thing again, not showing any empathy to everyone that is out money that are not rich and famous like him and need to feed their OWN families. Dana may not have made him the champ but him and the ufc DID give him the chance to fight for the championship at his young age and they easily could have gone another way with another fighter and who knows if he would have the belt yet if he had not been given the shot when he was. Here I thought he was a humble, good guy who is an excellent fighter but it is obvious that fame and fortune have clearly gone to his head and he is now a selfish, self obsessed man who happens to be an excellent fighter.

    • quardy

      Obviously, Jones is affraid of a 185lb fighter by the name Sonnen.

  • yep

    We all hate jones

  • fil

    Cmon fellas, lets show the only champ that remains active, the only champ to clean his division sum respect. Ffs, it´s not his fault the entire card but his fight sucked balls!

    • warriordave927

      Excuse but I dont if youve heard of a man that goes by the name of anderson silva he’s been around the sport for a little while longer than Jones and has twice if not 3 times as many title defenses and usually figgts 2 or three times a year

    • sam_snee

      too true about the rest of the card sucking. if it didnt suck so bad then they would have just moved fights around and kept it. it got cancelled for two reasons: 1. the main event got scrapped and 2. the card sucked. Since main events get canceled all the time, we must blame reason 1, the card sucked balls. But thats fine. I guess im the only one who just isnt mad at anyone. Jones did what was right by him (and i HATE JBJ, so im not being biased) I just hope Vitor can put a foot up his skrawny ass.
      I have to agree with warriordave though about A. Silva being active in his cleaning of the division. JBJ has been active too.

  • warriordave927

    That’s funny that he says Dana puts the blame on everyone else when juat days ago he was blaming “the old man’s bum knee” for not having plans for saturday night

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

Bellator 117: Lima vs. Hawn

Event Date: April 18, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs Browne

Event Date: April 19, 2014
Broadcast: FOX, FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira

Event Date: April 26, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 118: Dantas vs. Warren

Event Date: May 2, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV,

Bellator 119: Cooper vs. Halsey

Event Date: May 9, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva

Event Date: May 10, 2014
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass