Chael Sonnen isn’t out of the running yet for the next shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Sonnen was the one fighter according to UFC President Dana White who accepted a fight with Jones on 8-days notice to face him at UFC 151.
“He was the guy who stepped up to the plate and accepted the fight,” said White when speaking to UFC Tonight on Tuesday.
Jones has been adamant when speaking about Sonnen, saying that the former middleweight contender would not ‘talk himself’ into a title shot with his verbal shots through the press and via social networking sites like Twitter.
Sonnen got the shot at Jones because he was the one fighter that said ‘yes’ when UFC President Dana White was searching for a replacement for Dan Henderson after he fell off the UFC 151 card due to injury.
Ultimately, when Jones opted not to take the fight with Sonnen at UFC 151, the promotion shifted the champion to UFC 152 a few weeks later and gave the shot to Vitor Belfort instead.
White does state however that should Jones defeat Belfort and Sonnen get past Forrest Griffin in his next scheduled bout at UFC 155 in December, then there is still a chance we could see Jones vs. Sonnen happen.
“If the fans really wanted to see Chael vs. Jon Jones, then I guess I’d have to make it,” White confirmed.
Obviously, a lot has to happen between now and a possible fight between Jones and Sonnen, but White appears open to the idea if it’s a fight that fans want to see.
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