More winning statements from our favorite light heavyweight champ:
Jones, who has successfully defended the light-heavyweight belt three straight times since capturing it with a win over Mauricio (Shogun) Rua in March 2011, is two wins away from breaking the record for most consecutive title defences in the 205-pound division, a distinction currently held by Tito Ortiz.
“If I were to somehow come up short against Chael Sonnen, I would have had to start all over on that record,” Jones told Sid Seixeiro during an appearance on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Tim and Sid show. “And right now I don’t have any records, besides being the youngest champion in (UFC) history and having the longest arms in the sport’s history, which isn’t really an incredible record. So, to work as hard as I’ve worked and to just risk losing it all, it just didn’t make sense to me.
“If I had lost against Chael Sonnen, I would have had to start all over on that record, which is a long journey back. It was too much of a gamble for me.”
“I also think the fans are kind of using their minds a little bit and realizing it truly wasn’t my fault. That I’m not a UFC executive. Dan Henderson got hurt, that’s what happened. They asked me to put my livelihood on the line, to put my belt on the line. I turned it down like many smart champions would.”
“And right now, there’s a lot of buzz around my name, whether it’s good or bad, and between those two factors, a lot of people are going to tune to watch a phenom vs. another phenom.”
I dunno, man. Banking on bad publicity to help sell your fight seems doesn’t seem like that good of an idea. Controversy might sell, but the kind of anger we’re seeing from a lot of fans isn’t that profitable Chael Sonnen style “Oh that guy, I wanna tune in to see him get his.” It’s more of a general sportsfan disgust at the selfish divalike behavior of Jones. And he expects everyone is going to tune in to see him fight an undersized, outmatched opponent? We didn’t see a huge bump in ticket sales for UFC Toronto when Bones was announced for the card. They’re still strugging to build hype and sell seats in a news cycle that’s all about cards falling apart. If Jon Jones is expecting to get a nice PPV sales bump out of his douchey UFC 151 actions, he may be in for a surprise.