Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was all over ESPN today. He was a guest on Sportscenter and did a segment on First Take. He covered some of the same issues in both, but had some unique stuff to say during each piece as well. The main topics of conversation were the cancellation of UFC 151, and his current relationship with UFC president Dana White. So why did he turn down a bout with Chael Sonnen?
"I don't regret the decision," Jones said Tuesday on "SportsCenter." "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."
"It all seemed too suspicious that he was calling me out way before I had a clue my opponent was hurt," Jones said. "People don't realize Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson are actually best friends.
"Chael Sonnen knew his teammate was hurt, he obviously knew his teammate his was hurt. He had prepared up to three weeks for me. That would give me eight days, when he had three weeks."
He also talked about clearing things up with White:
"I'm excited to talk to Dana," Jones said. "Me and Dana are both what I consider great ambassadors for the sport of mixed martial arts, and us not being on the same page -- it makes no sense. It gets us nowhere. We'll squash it."
As noted above, Jones was also a guest on First Take where he discussed the above issues, and talks about how his Christian beliefs might conflict with being in MMA, his athletic family, and his problem with Quinton Jackson. You can watch the Sportscenter segment here, and catch the First Take video below the jump.