I think I get it, even though that doesn't mean I wholeheartedly agree with it.
Jon Jones needs an image makeover after the UFC 151 debacle that saw Dana White kick "Bones" in the wedding tackle, run over him with his Ferrari, reverse and then repeat. All of that public fury on the heels of Jones' awful Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) fiasco with two unidentified females as early morning passengers who definitely weren't his baby mama.
The pair kissed and made up on the eve of Jones' fight against Vitor Belfort a few weeks later at UFC 152, agreeing to disagree and moving forward with a shared -- albeit with conditions (cough, Greg Jackson trash-talk muzzle) -- understanding.
Jones would go onto win that fight with Belfort, a Middleweight, via late-round submission even though it was not without its share of early drama. White later revealed that Jones -- one of his busiest and possibly his best fighters -- would take a much-need rest to lick his wounds and let Mauricio Rua and Alexander Gustafsson battle it out for the number one contender spot, while Dan Henderson sat in timeout because he can't communicate too good.
Then, Anderson Silva beats a semi-retired Stephan Bonnar a few weeks later in the UFC 153 main event, and White is talking about buying a "super" fight between Jones and Silva. Forget all that talk about Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre because the fans want to see Silva vs. Jones now and that's what the fans are going to get -- even if Silva and Jones are both opposed to the fantastic idea.
Three days later, we now have Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen in April 2013 after the pair coach the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) on FX.
TUF ratings are awful, Jones needs that
extreme image makeover and Sonnen is the best carnival barker in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), even if he's coming off a loss in a lower division and has not competed at 205-pounds since a submission loss to Renato Sobral more than six years ago.
I think I get it, even though that doesn't mean I wholeheartedly agree with it. But, then I'm reminded of comments like these from White less than two months ago in regard to a potential fight between Silva and Nick Diaz, and I'm kind of left scratching my head ... and giggling:
"Nick Diaz makes no sense. I know that it sounds fun 'YEAH! Throw Nick Diaz in there!' But if you really look at the thing, Nick Diaz just lost to Condit. You know what I mean? ... at 170 so that gives him the opportunity to move up to 185 and fight the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world? In what f*cking universe does that make sense?
Great question, Mr. White. Great fucking question.
I thought I got it, even though now I don't think I can ever wholeheartedly agree with it.