Jon Jones Didn’t Believe Chael Sonnen Was Deserving Of Title Shot

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones made several stops on ESPN shows Tuesday to help promote this Saturday’s UFC 152 card.

Jones, who will face Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 this weekend in Toronto, was asked to discuss his decision to decline a fight with Chael Sonnen.

I pretty much had everything to lose in that situation. Chael Sonnen is a guy whose record is, I think, 6-5, which isn’t a very good record to even fight for a world title. I just thought it would be a bad decision to give a guy the opportunity of a lifetime like that.

Jones was set to face Sonnen’s teammate, Dan Henderson, at UFC 151. Henderson suffered a knee injury, and though Sonnen claimed to know nothing about it, “Bones” doesn’t believe that.

Chael Sonnen knew his teammate was hurt, he obviously knew his teammate was hurt. He had prepared up to three weeks for me. That would give me eight days, when he had three weeks.

Jones will be attempting to defeat his fourth former UFC champion in Belfort. He has successfully defended the title vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.

  • Aaron

    The more Jones tries to justify his decision to duck Sonnen, the worse he sounds. Just admit it, Jon. You were afraid of a guy one weight class below you who just lost his last fight by KO. It’s cool.

  • Excuses…

    We see through your excuses.. Just because no ones listening to them doesn’t mean there true.

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