If there is but one winner rising from the ashes of what would have been UFC 151, it’s Chael Sonnen. When UFC President Dana White said that Sonnen had accepted a fight with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones on a little over a week’s notice, the polarizing wrestler was lauded for his willingness to take on the champ, while Jones’ declining to take the bout saw him criticized and jeered by fans and fighters alike.
Shortly after the announcement of UFC 151’s cancelation, ESPN got ahold of the man from the mean streets of West Linn, Oregon to comment on the situation with Jones. In typical Chael fashion, “The American Gangster” ripped into his would-be opponent; “I just don’t know why he won’t fight me next Saturday, I mean what else does he have to do? Is there like a wine tasting at the local racetrack or something I haven’t heard about?”
Sonnen continued by praising his former teammate and friend Dan Henderson for trying to tough out an injury to face Jones, “Dan Henderson was on one leg and did everything he could to still make that date.” Immediately taking another jab at “Bones”, Sonnen called him out by saying “Dan Henderson was willing to do on one leg what Jon Jones, who’s healthy, isn’t willing to do.”
Chael P. did show a level of compassion for the fighters on the undercard, however, claiming he would have given Jones his purse so that that fight can go on, “just so that the guys on the undercard who haven’t been at this, this long, that are counting on their $5,000 and $10,000 paychecks to make their mortgage and car payments next month, could have a job next week.”