In a lot of the recent Jon Jones based threads, people have been defending him by claiming that he was only looking out for himself. But what does he gain by turning down a fight with Chael, in exchange for a fight with Lyoto Machida , a month from now? He's already stated that he doesn't want another fight with Machida because he was his lowest draw. If anything, Chael Sonnen can create interest for a fight, and I think it would sell better than Machida vs Jones 2. He likely would've have earned himself a nice payday from the UFC, for stepping to the plate. From a monetary standpoint, I just don't see how he will make out better by switching from UFC 151 to 152.
Some of you saying he might now want to put his belt on the line on such short notice. Who presents a greater challenge to Jon: an out of shape Chael Sonnen who has had zero time to prepare for a fight, or Machida with 3 weeks to prepare? People have been saying that a title fight between Chael an Jon would be a squash match, so how would it be different in this situation? Jon would have had every advantage going into this fight.
I would just like to know how he comes out of this better by destroying UFC 151, and choosing Machida, than if he had just fought Sonnen.