The day UFC 151 was cancelled could be said to be one of the craziest days in UFC history. The only man to supposedly step up to the plate was former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen.
Jones was expected to face Lyoto Machida, but Machida turned it down and he will now face Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on September 22.
Chael Sonnen doesn’t believe this is the case. He has trashed Jones every day since the champ refused to fight him. In an interview with ESPN Radio, Sonnen spoke about who he feels he will fight next.
“I’ve got an agreement to fight a gentleman named Forrest Griffin on December 29th but I don’t know. Jon Jones has a date on September 22nd and right now he’s fighting Vitor Belfort. Vitor never shows up, Vitor has pulled out of way more fights than he has ever shown up for so if I had to guess you’ll be seeing me fight Jon Jones on September 22nd”
If Belfort is unable to step up and fight Jones, then Sonnen will not be afraid to fight Jones. He let it be known what he feels about Jones not wanting to fight him.
“I hear what their side said and it was just mindboggling for me because it has never happened. He was within his rights to do it. Let’s not forget Jones had an agreement and he was ready to honor his side of the agreement but the agreement changed. The new deal he was presented with he didn’t agree to. That was still a surprise though. That’s just simply never happened, especially when you’re the champion. This whole short notice routine, that doesn’t apply to a guy that is coming off a ten week training camp. The short notice routine is for the guy that was sitting at home or had no idea there was a fight coming up. The change in opponent doesn’t count, it’s the change in the fight. If you don’t know there’s a fight then they notice. It didn’t make sense. Nothing added up that he pulled out. I don’t know. He doesn’t need to be scared of anybody.”
He had a few choice words for the light heavyweight champ as well.
“If I was to tell Jon Jones something, I would tell him I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. Good news Jon the first punch that I throw at you might not land. The bad news is there are going to be five more coming right after it.”
To listen to the entire ESPN Radio interview click HERE.