Jon Jones is coming off an excellent performance over Vitor Belfort for the light heavyweight championship of the world. In this bout, Jones displayed a dynamic attack of leg kicks and elbows while in the guard of Belfort. His heart and determination allowed him to escape a devastating armbar from Belfort early in the first round and he would go on to lock up a submission of his own, allowing him to retain his light heavyweight championship.
This makes it his fourth consecutive title defense, and it seems like he is running out of challengers. So, who is next for Jones at light heavyweight? That man may very well be Chael Sonnen. Dana White spoke with the New York Post after UFC 152 and described a possible fight between Jones and Sonnen.
“I can tell you right now, I think they both want that fight. I think there are other fights that make more sense. (But) people do want to see it. If enough people want to see it, I guess I’d have to make it. Everybody talks about him talking his way into fights. But you know that guy’s showing up to fight and win. That’s why I don’t really have reservations about it. When I called Jon and I thought he was going to take that fight – Chael will fight anybody. That’s one of the things I respect about him.”
So it appears this fight could be made if the fans want it. This is what makes the UFC and White great because they give fights the people want to see. They truly care about their audience, which is refreshing because this is the antithesis of boxing.
In boxing, great match ups are hardly ever made because fighters have to build their name up and want to protect their records. Kudos to Sonnen, because that man will fight any person the UFC has under its roster. This is also refreshing because he is truly a company man. Jones has stated he doesn’t respect Sonnen, which is the reason why he doesn’t want to fight him.
Still, if that’s what the fans want, he may very well have to face the Oregon gangster regardless of if he feels that Sonnen is deserving of the title shot. Sonnen has some great wrestling capabilities, so it would be interesting to see how Jones would fare against his relentless take down attack.