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Jon Jones Believes UFC 151 Withdrawal Was a ‘Really Smart Personal Career Decision’

(Great, so now he’s swagger-jacking Isaac the Bartender?)

If you can put down your haterade and suspend your disdain for just a bit today, we suggest listening to UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones discuss his decision to not fight Chael Sonnen on short notice at UFC 151, in a full-length interview with The MMA Hour. The full interview is after the jump.

Having had a week to reflect on it, and despite all the criticism that has come his way since he “murdered” this weekend’s scheduled event, Jones does not regret his choice to not fight Sonnen. “I actually think it was a really smart personal career decision,” the champ said.

Jones said that immediately after he got the offer he assembled all of his coaches to get their opinions. Jones said that while they all told him that they had “no doubt” that the light-heavyweight champ could win a fight against Sonnen, they also let it be known that the trash-talking middleweight was a totally different fighter than his original UFC 151 opponent Dan Henderson.

“They honestly believed I could win the fight. They also said, ‘I want you to be aware of the fact that you prepared for a complete opposite style.’”

“Chael Sonnen is a southpaw. He has a completely different pressure, different takedowns. His ground and pound is different…He’s a completely different warrior,” Jones went on.

Jones, often criticized for supposedly being arrogant, said that he believes taking a fight with someone as good as Sonnen with virtually little notice would have, in fact, been arrogant of him. “I think it would have been extremely arrogant on my part to take the fight,” Jones said.

“To assume I could beat one of the top 10 fighters on the planet without preparing for him whatsoever — that would be extremely ignorant.”

As for the criticism that Jones should have been brave enough to fight Sonnen because Sonnen was willing to fight him on short notice, “Bones” explained that he and “The American Gangster” are in much different places in their respective careers. “[Chael has] absolutely nothing to lose,” Jones said.

“I don’t think people realize Chael’s record in the UFC is 5-6…Why would I put a world championship on the line against a very dangerous opponent but a person who hasn’t even remotely earned the right to consider himself in the position to fight for a world title? That’s like hitting the jackpot and I refuse to be anyone’s jackpot.”

Jones maintained that he didn’t become the youngest champion in UFC history because he’s athletically gifted, but rather because of his meticulous preparation for fights. Jones said that he wasn’t good at fighting “because I’m this freak athlete with two brothers in the NFL…My secret to success is being so prepared.”

Listen to Jones’ full interview below to hear him discuss much more, including his current relationship with UFC President Dana White, being made to feel like a “piece of meat,” and the claim that he asked Dana to make Chael stop taunting him. (He denies it.)

- Elias Cepeda

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Nippletwist- September 6, 2012 at 6:09 am
oh wow just stop complaining jon jones is the man and youre some nerdy loser on the internet everyone gets it dude, its ok
intercept440- September 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm
nippletwist.....i dont know how to put this...your a fucking idiot...we dont give a fuck about this particular interview...we remember thing like....i would never do something stupid as to get a a good company man..... or i would never turn down a fight...latest news is he just turned down a fight...yeah he would have beat the dog shit out of chael... but thats not the point dumbass... if your a man you back up your words.. you dont run from them...fuck you and the faggot you rode in on.. yes jbj is a bad mutherfuckka.. we know .. doesnt mean we have to suck hi fucking ballsack just becasue he would most liekly kick our asses..well if he could get past a brick in the head... ......go blow another dog and collect your 2 quarters bitch
Dead dinosaur- September 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm
whoevers idea it was to have sonnen fight jones should be fired or killed. and whoever build that shitty card for 151, aslo fired/killed. so glad we just waited a month for belfort. at least 152 is stacked now.
Ricardo Guitardo- September 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Jon Jones you are the first champion in ufc history to refuse a fight because you are scared. Do you feel that makes you more of a bitch or a fag?
Nippletwist- September 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm
and the jones haters still make no sense. we get it your mad hes kicking everyones ass and he knows hes the best. just don't be fake and act like its something else. his actions contradict his words? lol what what the fuck are you even talking about. did you listen to the interview? he told it like it was across the board. just laid down the facts on you fools. get over it.
highkid- September 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm
he does get an unfair amount of criticism, and really hes not the one to blame for the 151 catastrophe, but it's really all you can expect. you see this happen to all celebrities, especially the best athletes. at the end of the day all that matters is what happens when he fights, thats all i care about, and hes always exciting when he fights. its really just dumb angry people who get over critical of the out of the ring drama and try to over analyze guys. im sure jon jones could care less what any of you guys think, and as far as i can tell all the people who actually know him in like real life all seem to think hes a great guy.
intercept440- September 5, 2012 at 10:58 am
Let me be the one to just say this Jones is a Fucktard.....period...yeah he is a good fighter one the best around...people hate him because of his contradictions of his words vs. his actions.....the end........if you dont know how many times he has said shit and then done differently, that also makes you a fucking blowcock as well. you know who you are.
Nippletwist- September 5, 2012 at 10:08 am
its not even really an argument, it pretty much never was, just u lurking on evergthing i say writing multiple comments about how i write too many comments. seriously it looks like youre the only person competing retard
Nippletwist- September 5, 2012 at 10:05 am
oh wow dude no one gives a shit how long youve been commenting on this website, oof. talk about taking shit too serious...
smellypiratehooker- September 5, 2012 at 9:27 am
For Christ's sake it's Griffin, not Griffon. Sonnen didn't fight a winged dog-bird.
Nippletwist- September 5, 2012 at 10:08 am
why even point that out, do you really think i give a shit?
ArmFarmer- September 5, 2012 at 6:39 am
You know that saying about how winning an internet argument is like winning a race in the special olympics? I feel like that especially applies here.. even though to this day I'm still not sure what, if anything, we are arguing. Regardless, I'm over it. Have fun running, retards ;)
halfbreed23- September 5, 2012 at 4:43 am
"I refuse to be anyone’s jackpot."

I'll admit it. That's tight.
imnotgay- September 4, 2012 at 8:28 pm
@mr_misanthropy dont forget jon jones' super sexy calves
Mr_Misanthropy- September 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm
Oh my fucking gawd... again?!?!

I'm not even going to read this shit and I can still sum it all up: "Jon Jones is the greatest douchebag fighter of all time! I hate his guts and his beautiful beautiful face! His flashy and exciting techniques are no match for his whiny tattle-tailly bitchassness! After I get done gobbling his balls I want him to dive head first off the nearest freeway overpass! Blah blah blah blah Nippletwist is just as gay as his name implies killyourself blah blah blah..."
Nippletwist- September 5, 2012 at 10:25 am
sorry not everyones so fucking dumb that they think bones should fight chael sonnen. that fight never made sense and they tried to stick jones with it because henderson fucked up the event by waiting til the last minute to pull out. you bones haters have to do fucking somersaults to avoid reality, its amazing.
ArmFarmer- September 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm
Ya know, it would help in these pointless debates.. Or whatever they are.. If you guys would address who youre talking to. I have no idea who most of these comments are directed to. Damn noobs. If you ruin the comments section this site will have nothing left! Just kidding cp.. Sorta.
ArmFarmer- September 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm
I've been commenting on this site for literally 6 or 7 years, believe me im not following anyone around.. And i would never waste my time creating a fake account.. Not sure what you are referencing with that. Now write 3 more angry paragraphs without saying anything new. Btw, im writing this comment from my iphone while taking a big dump.. So there.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm
Now that's dedication!
holeeball- September 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm
OMFG It's like good cop bad cop. HAHAHA It's too funny.
highkid- September 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

hmm just saw this on my twitter, guess in helwanis interview with DW dana agrees that henderson shares blame for event being cancelled.
Nippletwist- September 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

yeah i knew dana was gonna come around on this. hes not like one of these subhuman internet retards. to any person of even moderate intelligence it's obvious that a lot of different things factored into the event getting messed up. to think this is all jones fault you have to be such a hater that you have to bend over backwards to ignore the reality of the situation and ignore all the circumstances. i knew the whole time dana was just being emotional at first but once he thought about it he'd see it wasn't all bones fault. good to at least see the baldfathers not quite the dumbass the retards of this site are.
Buster Hyman- September 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm
"they see me troooollliiin, they haaaaaaatttinnn..."
gearin- September 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm
most of the commenting on this site is so stupid, you guys all take this way too serious, you try to argue with everybody and freak out when people wont agree with you. sorry not everybody hates jon jones
Nippletwist- September 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm
they seem to let you post like a fucktard all you want
gearin- September 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm
ugh i know that dudes such a douchebag, he thinks he like does run the site.
Pen Fifteen- September 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Good point Nippletwist. I'm sure the people who run this site will allow you to post like a fucktard ad infinitum. I mean, they're pretty much powerless to stop you.
Nippletwist- September 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm
lol i massacared the end of that comment, eh you get the point though. you cant censor me dude, im just gonna keep fucking with you. why would i stop? like obviously im enjoying this
Nippletwist- September 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm
well its really you getting butthurt over someone you don't know and im pretty much pointing out how silly it is. saying im too serious? im typing this from my iphone to pass time at work. i was loling at you all day yesterday and when i come back to the site today you had like 5 comments responding to me. you follow me around replying to every single one of my comments. you made a fake account to copy myne to leave comments as me. yeah dude you're so above it all...

you really just need to lose your obsession with me dude, other people get to believe whatever they want too. and write whatever they want in the comments section. you think youre like the comment police dude its fucking ridiculous. im pretty much just commenting here to fuck with you at this point because you think you think you have this pride some kind of clout on