Chael Sonnen: I'm fighting Jon Jones on September 22ndPosted on August 28, 2012, 07:41 AM by Anton Gurevich
Two days after Vitor Belfort stepped in to face Jon Jones at UFC 152, former two-time UFC Middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen is still campaigning to test his skills against the champ. Speaking on ESPN Radio, Chael Sonnen declared he will be fighting Jon Jones on September 22nd, since Vitor Belfort is well-known for not showing up to fights:
“I’ve got an agreement to fight a gentleman named Forrest Griffin on December 29th but I don’t know. Jon Jones has a date on September 22nd and right now he’s fighting Vitor Belfort. Vitor never shows up, Vitor has pulled out of way more fights than he has ever shown up for so if I had to guess you’ll be seeing me fight Jon Jones on September 22nd”
Sonnen also made it clear that he was unaware of Dan Henderson's knee injury, despite the fact that "Hendo" is a "close friend". According to Sonnen, Dana White knew he called the right guy, but Jon Jones decided to decline the fight. Sonnen once again criticized Jones, and his "mindboggling" decision, claiming that the whole short notice thing doesn't apply to someone who had a 10-week training camp:
"I think Dana just knew that he called the right guy. It’s just a matter of that. It was a situation where we could help each other. (Host: Dana called you, you didn’t volunteer?) No I didn’t know about it. Dan Henderson is a personal friend, very close and he did not say a word to me. I learned about this when everyone else did. [...] I hear what their side said and it was just mindboggling for me because it has never happened. He was within his rights to do it. Let’s not forget Jones had an agreement and he was ready to honor his side of the agreement but the agreement changed. The new deal he was presented with he didn’t agree to. That was still a surprise though. That’s just simply never happened, especially when you’re the champion. This whole short notice routine, that doesn’t apply to a guy that is coming off a ten week training camp. The short notice routine is for the guy that was sitting at home or had no idea there was a fight coming up. The change in opponent doesn’t count, it’s the change in the fight. If you don’t know there’s a fight then they notice. It didn’t make sense. Nothing added up that he pulled out. I don’t know. He doesn’t need to be scared of anybody."
Ultimate Fighting Championship recently revealed the official poster for UFC 152, featuring Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez, and Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping. The event will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.