Jon Jones says he is reconsidering whether to accept a fight with Chael Sonnen after all.
The light-heavyweight champion turned Sonnen down as a replacement for an injured Dan Henderson last month, prompting the cancellation of UFC 151. It was the first time in its history that the company had to cancel and event and the executives were furious.
Company president Dana White accused Jones and his coach Greg Jackson - who advised Jones against accepting Sonnen - of being “sport killers”. Both White and Lorenzo were quoted as being “disgusted” with the refusal - but Jones stuck to his guns.
He and White had a sit down at UFC 152 in Canada for UFC 152, where Jones was facing Vitor Belfort. The details of the conversation haven’t been published although Fighters Only did learn from White recently that he made a deal with Jones not to publicly trash Greg Jackson any more.
Jones’s part is presumably to be more co-operative with the UFC in future situations. A clash with Sonnen would be a huge PPV seller - due to Sonnen’s incessant self-promotion rather than anything else - and the UFC would like to see it happen. So now Jones is making the right noises.
He does have a point about it devaluing the belt - Sonnen is coming off a second-round TKO loss at middleweight - but a lot of fans really want to see the fight and at the end of the day, if a sports-entertainment company like the UFC can make it happen then they will.