UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has an important title defense set for Saturday night.
Jones, who has successfully defended his crown three times, will face former UFC champion Vitor Belfort at UFC 152.
However, as was evident by his answer to a question concerning all that went down around UFC 151, the event remains on the mind of “Bones.”
I feel horrible about the way it played out. I hope the fans have opened their minds about the situation because I am not a UFC executive, I have zero power to cancel an event. They never told me if I didn’t accept (the Chael Sonnen) fight they would cancel the event. I got all the blame for not taking a last-minute championship fight.
Jones was set to meet Dan Henderson, but a knee injury knocked Henderson out of the bout. The UFC offered the fight to Lyoto Machida, but he declined.
After that, Sonnen offered up his services, but Jones refused to fight him. Jones has since stated that he doesn’t believe Sonnen deserved a title shot, and was talking his way into a fight.
I’ve dedicated my whole life to this. Everything I’ve gone through in life has led me to this point. When you’ve worked so hard for something, you owe it to yourself to protect it; I did what’s right for myself.