Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Chael Sonnen in the ring prior to his fight against Anderson Silva (not pictured) during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
But then again, you already knew that, unless you've been living under a rock and didn't catch the monumental announcement that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was forced to, for the first time in 11 years, cancel a pay-per-view (PPV) event.
To make it worse, it was only eight days away.
After number one Light Heavyweight contender, Dan Henderson, suffered a torn MCL during training, forcing him out of his Sept. 1, 2012, title fight with Jones, Zuffa officials turned to "The American Gangsta" himself, Chael Sonnen, to save the day. After engaging in a back-and-forth Twitter war with "Bones," it seemed the two were on a collision course; however, no one expected it to come this fast.
Sonnen was down to tango, but the 205-pound champion, Jones, wasn't, and the event was scrapped altogether.
Now, Sonnen -- the former two-time number one middleweight contender and new light heavyweight champion -- according to him, gives his first thoughts on the UFC 151 debacle surround Jones, himself, and friend and training partner, Dan Henderson.
Make the jump to hear from the former NCAA Division-1 All-American wrestler via Bleacher Report:
"When I decided to go after the light heavyweight championship, I knew that I'd win it like I always do. I just didn't know it would be by forfeit. But I do stand before you today the light heavyweight champion. I'm in the same position today as I was yesterday. The fight's going to happen sooner or later. It's not like I'm not going to beat this guy up. It's just a matter of when. My biggest concern isn't with the fight or myself at all. My biggest concern is with Dan Henderson and his health. I have a personal relationship with him. I know his kids and how much he loves playing with them, so I just hate to see the guy's health in any kind of jeopardy."
Though many, including UFC President Dana White are partially blaming Jon's coach, Greg Jackson, for convincing him not to take the Chael fight, Sonnen, for one, doesn't seem to share the same sentiments:
"I really think quite highly of Greg Jackson. You have to understand his opinion and influence on Jon is earned. Jon respects him. He earned that. I understand there are repercussions for coach Jackson, but that's what he's hired to do. He's not an employee of the UFC. He's a coach and he gave the advice to his athlete-I respect that. I think we should respect that he spoke his mind to his athlete that trusts him."
Sonnen went on to say that Jones was making a huge mistake not taking the fight because after all, the odds were all stacked in his favor due to the fact that Chael was the one without a full training camp:
"This was his biggest opportunity. There's no question I could beat Jon Jones. Jon Jones can beat me too. But I can beat him. If you ever wanted to stack the deck in his favor, you'd have done it on September 1. You'd have called me out of the blue, switched weight classes on me, put me on a plane to do a press tour, put me everywhere in the world except in the practice room. That was the opportunity he had. I could have beaten him, but he could have beaten me too. The next time we meet up, when I've had a camp and my coaches around me, that's not going to be the case. It's really important to win these fights and the world saw me lose a fight. I fell down. I'm not going to fall down again."
In true Chael fashion, he couldn't leave without taking one last parting shot at the 205-pound kingpin:
"Jon Jones is a delusional brat. He talks of being a business man?! What!? What risks did he take? What capital did he raise? Where exactly is his office located? How many people does me employ? Hey JJ, put me on the phone with your secretary... Oh wait, what?"
Obviously taking a shot at Jon's recent "business savvy" comments.
How about it Maniacs, care to (dis) agree with Sonnen's comments? Should have Jones taken the fight to avoid all the backlash he has received and capitalize on the fact that Chael didn't have a full training camp under his belt?