While UFC president Dana White has softened his stance against Jon Jones (Pictured), the Octagon’s reigning light heavyweight king is standing firm on his decision to decline a last-second scrap against Chael Sonnen that would have salvaged UFC 151.
When White was forced to cancel his first event since taking over the company in 2001, he fingered Jones and his coach, Greg Jackson, for the debacle. White has recently added Dan Henderson to the hit list for keeping his torn MCL top secret for two weeks.
However, “Bones” believes it might be time for White to look in the mirror.
“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself,” Jones told The Associated Press. “The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.
“I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off. For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what’s best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards.”
Courtesy of White’s verbal assault, Jones has come under heavy fire from fans and fellow fighters alike. Despite the fact insults are arriving from any and all angles, the 25-year-old is sticking to his guns and believes he did the best thing for his career.
“People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight,'” Jones shared. “Being the champ wasn’t given to me.
“I don’t owe anybody anything.”
Jones now defends his throne against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152.