UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) came under some fire when he refused to make eye contact or even acknowledge Chael Sonnen was standing inches away from him during last Saturday’s live face-to-face interview. Jones made matters worse when he abruptly walked off camera before the session wrapped.
Some fans thought Jones was being childish and unprofessional for not doing his part to promote his upcoming shootout with Sonnen. UFC president Dana White has a different take on things – Sonnen has thoroughly schooled the youngster in the game of mental warfare.
“There’s no doubt about it [that Sonnen has gotten in Jones’ head],” White suggested Thursday. “And the way that he did it was by being all friendly to him on this season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Jones said to me [Saturday] night, ‘I’ve never wanted to hurt another fighter. This is what we do. It’s a sport and whatever, I want to hurt this guy.’
“So [Sonnen’s] definitely gotten into his head.”
When asked if he was disappointed that arguably his biggest crossover star, one who is not only endorsed by Nike but has a signature shoe with the athletic clothing giant releasing tomorrow, is allowing Sonnen to handle the pre-fight promotional work single-handedly, White didn’t seem to mind because “Bones” will do what he does best when the lights come on.
“He is who he is,” White said of Jones. “Let me tell you what Jon Jones does do, he goes in and he kicks peoples’ asses. He fights. He hits people with spinning elbows, knees, crazy kicks, incredible chokes.”
Jones defends his throne against Sonnen April 27 at UFC 159.