And you can imagine how well that sits with Rashad Evans, who was forced to give up his shot at Jones' 205-pound title when "Bones" elected to have surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament suffered in his March 19 title win over Mauricio Rua.
In fact, Jones' manager dropped a surprising revelation via his official Twitter account, informing his followers they already met with the UFC to get his next fight scheduled.
And it won't be against Evans, who has already been booked to fight Phil Davis at UFC 133 in August.
"I guess its time to put out the truth. @Jonnybones suffered a tear in his thumb in 2 different spots... Every dr he saw said to have surgery ... We went to meet with the surgeon on wed and after he looked at @Jonnybones he thought that surgery was a bit invasive and bones didn't have ... to have if he didn't want to. @Jonnybones decided against surgery and we immediately met with dana and lorenzo the next day to get his next fight scheduled ... For the record, every doctor @Jonnybones saw was a @UFC referred doctor. The very last one on the day before surgery thought against it ... No @Jonnybones is not fighting rashad. Rashad is fighting phil davis. I'll let you know who or when jon will fight real soon ... (he'll fight again) by the end of the year. ... And just so we're clear, @Jonnybones is not medically cleared to fight until June 11, But hey, I guess that's all a lie, huh?"
Was the entire surgery angle fabricated to escape a pending showdown against Evans? "Suga" also took to his Twitter account for his version of Jones-gate.
"Question: if u r or were so confident then y fake a thumb injury? Cuz just between me & y'all he don't need surgery! ... but I ain't one 2 gossip so u didnt hear it from me! (ala Living Color) 4 u young folk! Lol ... If I'm lying, I'm dying! Ask @jonnybones when is his surgery & who was his dr! He so fake he fake surgeries!! Now that's fake!"
Oh, the tangled web we weave.
Despite Jones no longer needing surgery, Evans will apparently go along with fighting Phil Davis on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia.
A victory in that bout may still result in his getting a title shot but it appears as though it's possible it won't be against Jones. And if that's the case, who would it be against?
The new UFC 130 main event pitting Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill may very well serve as a number one contender fight of sorts. But there's also the Muaricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin fight at UFC 134 in August.
What a beautiful mess this is.
How's everyone feeling about the current state of the 205-pound division now?