UFC president Dana White at UFC 146If you are a UFC light heavyweight fighter complaining about the recently announced Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen fight… talk to the hand.

The hand of UFC president Dana White, that is.

While many people, fighters and fans alike, have been perplexed at the UFC’s decision to slot in Jones and Sonnen as coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter and then have Sonnen fight for the title in April of 2013, White has a simple explanation.

Timing.

“We got the word, after Jon went out and got his elbow checked, that he was out and couldn’t fight until April,” explained White on Wednesday. “So it made sense for him to do The Ultimate Fighter. Machida can fight, Dan Henderson can fight; Gustafsson and Shogun are gonna fight in December, so everything will keep right on moving (in the division).

“Obviously Chael wants this fight, has been asking for this fight. The fans wanted this fight.

“Jon said, ‘I can’t fight until April. I’d like to go in there and whip Chael’s ass and then I’ll defend the belt against whoever you want me to defend the belt against.’ So it made sense.”

Still, many are going to point to the fact that Chael Sonnen has not fought at 205 pounds in the past half decade, is not a contender in the division, and should not be able to “talk his way” into a title shot.

Again, White would point to the timing, and the fact that several other fighters had their opportunity and when the UFC needed someone to step up, Sonnen was the man to answer the call.

“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Dan Henderson had the opportunity for the fight and he got injured, right? He got injured, now Jones is injured until friggin’ April,” said White.

“Every one of these guys that are bitching about a title shot now, we’re offered a fight and turned it down. They refused to fight Jon Jones. Now, they’re bummed out because Chael stepped up on eight-days notice and he’s gonna coach The Ultimate Fighter and fight him.”

For White, the equation is quite simple. The best time to make hay is when the sun shines.

“All the top contenders that are pissed off that Chael Sonnen has a title shot are the same guys that I called that turned down fighting Jon Jones.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your UFC news and updates.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Dana White talks Bellator, Chael Sonnen, Jon Jones and more with Bas Rutten

  • 16 days ago
  • 541 views

Dana White talks Bellator, Chael Sonnen, Jon Jones and more with Bas Rutten read news >>

Drug Test? Injury? Chael Sonnen says UFC 187's Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson 'won't happen, mark my words'

  • 28 days ago
  • 80 views

Chael Sonnen gave interesting answers about Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson and Anderson Silva's failed drug test Chael Sonnen was on Reddit for one of their 'Ask Me Anything' sessions, and the former read news >>

Chael Sonnen: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson fight 'won't happen' at UFC 187, 'mark my words'

  • 27 days ago
  • 249 views

Uh oh. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is going to defend his title against division No. 1 contender Anthony Johnson in the UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) main e read news >>

Dana White Separates Paige VanZant and Felice Herrig (UFC on FOX 15 Staredown)

  • 11 days ago
  • 15 views

While Felice Herrig scowled and Paige VanZant smiled, UFC president Dana White stepped in between them to keep the two fighters apart at media day on Thursday. read news >>

Chael Sonnen Holds Reddit AMA, Says Jones vs. Rumble 'Won't Happen'

  • 27 days ago
  • 313 views

Chael Sonnen still spits hot fire when given the mic. Or, in this case, a keyboard...but the point stands. The former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger recently held a Reddit AM read news >>

Conor McGregor gives his own special take on the infamous 'slap' of Jose Aldo

  • 27 days ago
  • 81 views

Dana White said Conor McGregor slapped Jose Aldo's back. Aldo said McGregor grabbed his hood. And McGregor? Well, he had a different interpretation of what he did altogether. "I heard I slapped him i read news >>

Dana White: First round of Aldo-McGregor 'could be one of best rounds you've ever seen'

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

LONDON – Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor is being billed as the biggest featherweight bout in UFC history. Dana White believes the first five minutes could be something even more massive that that.Filed read news >>

Dana White Confirms Gustafsson vs. Teixeira for UFC Berlin

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

A light heavyweight match-up between Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira will headline UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin. read news >>

Watch Conor McGregor's 'slap' to Jose Aldo's shoulder in Episode 8 of UFC Embedded

  • 28 days ago
  • 115 views

Dana White talked about it just last week, saying that McGregor slapped Aldo's back and Aldo "went crazy" that's not quite how it ended up looking on video. But there's now doubt that tensions are gr read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: