UFC’s Dana White to give in if fans want Jones-Sonnen showdown
Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – If there is a high demand for it, UFC president Dana White said he has no choice but to arrange a showdown between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former middleweight Chael Sonnen.
“People do want to see it. If enough people want to see it, I guess I’ll have to make it,” White said during a press conference after UFC 152 where Jones successfully defended his title by beating Vitor Belfort in the fourth round via submission.
However, he pointed out that there are other fighters who best fit Jones’ ability. “I just think there are other fights that make more sense,” he added.
Jones (17-1) refused to accept a fight against Sonnen on eight days notice at UFC 151 after Dan Henderson withdrew with an injury. The card was later cancelled by White.
Sonnen (27-12-1), who twice fought for the middleweight title but lost, is expected to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December while fans are clamoring for a Jones-Anderson Silva fight.
In an interview with ESPN.com, Jones said he is eyeing Henderson as opponent. “I feel like I have a little unfinished business to do with Dan Henderson. I would like to take on another great,” he said.
Jones was scheduled to visit the hospital have his right arm examined. Jones may have suffered nerve damage in his right bicep during an armbar attempt from Belfort during the fight.
White expects Sonnen’s verbal jabs at Jones to continue after the Griffin fight.
“He’s going to call out Jones; there’s no doubt about it,” White said. “Everybody talks about him talking his way into fights, but you know that guy is showing up to fight and win.”