Nineteen long days have passed since light heavyweight king Jon Jones (Pictured) declined a last-second scrap against Chael Sonnen to salvage UFC 151, which ultimately forced Dana White to cancel his first event since becoming UFC president in 2001.
While Jones has already been issued a new assignment and White has softened his stance against his latest golden boy, the two sides have yet to sit down and hash things out.
“Jon Jones and I haven’t talked since the whole incident,” White shared during this week’s edition of AXS TV’s Inside MMA. “I’m going to see him in a few days here in Toronto, and we’ll see what happens. We’ll see where we go from here.”
White initially lambasted Jones and his coach, Greg Jackson, for their decision to turn down Sonnen, but it seems Jackson is now the main culprit caught in White’s crosshairs.
“I think I was pretty honest and open about how I felt about it, a little emotional when it first went down,” White admitted. “I’ll tell you, I said it before and I’ll say it again, Greg Jackson is the one who told him, ‘If you take this fight, it will be the biggest mistake you’ve ever made in your whole career.’
“Every time I say it, I laugh. That’s no disrespect to Chael Sonnen, but that’s the most insane thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Because Dan Henderson was forced out of their September 1st showdown with a torn MCL in his knee, Jones now defends his throne against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152.
White and Jones will be reunited for a conference call today at 11AM PT. Stay tuned…