Remember that last-minute fight cobbled together by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White in an attempt to save UFC 151 from being canceled when Dan Henderson went down with a knee injury?
We may get to see it after all.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who successfully defended his 205-pound strap against Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 152 last Saturday night (Sept. 22, 2012) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, initially rejected a short-notice fight against Chael Sonnen in late August.
With eight days to prepare, he felt it was a bad business decision.
Time, it appears, is no longer an issue. If enough mixed martial arts (MMA) fans start talking, White will reportedly have to start listening. Those were his words, not mine, in wake of the "Jones vs. Belfort" pay-per-view (PPV) over the weekend (via NY Post).
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"I can tell you right now, I think they both want that fight. I think there are other fights that make more sense. (But) people do want to see it. If enough people want to see it, I guess I'd have to make it. Everybody talks about him talking his way into fights. But you know that guy's showing up to fight and win. That's why I don't really have reservations about it. When I called Jon and I thought he was going to take that fight – Chael will fight anybody. That's one of the things I respect about him."
While "Bones" mends his mangled wing, Sonnen must first avenge his loss to Forrest Griffin at the UFC 155 year-end extravaganza scheduled for Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be the "American Gangster's" first fight back at light heavyweight after several years as a top 185 pounder.
A win will most likely result in a call out.
The fans may want to see it and the boss may be willing to make it. But will Jones be willing to take it? Let's hear from the peanut gallery, Maniacs, who thinks we see Jones vs. Sonnen in 2013?