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Jones Tells Cerrone That If He Made Millions He Wouldn’t Have Taken Short Notice Sonnen Fight Either | UFC NEWS


“Yes, I’d have fought [Sonnen] They could call me tomorrow and ask me to fight. I think you need to fight. That’s our job. I don’t think you should curl up and find a way out. So yes, that’s my answer. [Jones] is my teammate, and we have this discussion all the time. I said, ‘You should’ve done it.’ And he goes, ‘Well, you don’t make a million (dollars) to fight.’ And I said, ‘Well, you’re right, but I f—ing fight every time with all my heart.'”

UFC lightweight and Jon Jones teammate, Donald Cerrone tells the fans at the UFC 155 Fan Q&A that he would have taken the short notice Sonnen fight if he was Jon Jones.

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21 Comments to Jones Tells Cerrone That If He Made Millions He Wouldn’t Have Taken Short Notice Sonnen Fight Either | UFC NEWS

  1. Mike G says:

    Jones didn’t make any money off of not fighting. So that argument is stupid. Unless you factor in the publicity and bullshit attention and the Ultimate Fighter. Maybe he didn’t want to fight Chael on short notice because he saw an impending gigantic payday. Smart in the long haul for him and the sport one may argue, but bad in the short term for the other fighters and for the legitimacy of MMA

    • BX81 says:

      @Mike G. I think you might have mixed it up a little. The way I took it was Cerrone was saying Jones replied to him, that he makes a million to fight not Cerrone. C, replied with yeah I don’t make that kind of money but I still fight my heart out. That’s the way I understood it.

      • Mike G. says:

        yeah I know, then after Jones said he makes millions to fight, he forgot that he didn’t actually fight, so he didn’t make shit. I mean, I’m sure he did because of endorsement n stuff but you know what I mean

        • BX81 says:

          Oh, ok. I get what you’re saying now. Yeah I don’t think he would’ve turned down the fight if he thought he could beat sonnen on short notice. I like the idea especially if you’re the champ to take on anyone at any time. Now I wouldn’t expect Aldo to fight Sonnen but Jones is bigger so I really don’t understand the hesitation on his part.

    • steven says:

      I have a question I noticed after hendo got injured and had to back out jones had plenty of time to tell dana and world he does’nt want that fight short notice instead waits thru 2 guy turn t down still nothing from jones but didnt speak up chael came in then Jones backs out. I dont think jones was scared so dont go there but does it seem like he waited to see how easy the replacement fighter would be? for some reason I dont think he has alot of heart after that he should have taken the fight he was in training camp chael wasnt chael was still in weight class transition but only thing uprepared for Jones was studying fight tapes or no heart the latter makes more sense

  2. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Jones was just rubbing in that he makes more money than Cerrone.

  3. Castro says:

    Well said!

  4. Castro says:

    Well said….

  5. Slim Charles says:

    cerrone with the truth over here brahhh

  6. Jones fights with "all his heart" also says:

    Jones is basically “undefeated,” (technically, he has one loss), so I hope Cowboy isn’t implying that Jones fights half-heartedly. And even if Jones did, he’s beaten a whole wing of hall of fame fighters! That says a lot about Jones.

    People are already forgetting about UFC 151, especially after Jones almost took Vitor’s arm home with him. Yes, Vitor had a great arm bar, but HAD and DID are two different concepts and Jones could’ve easily snapped Vitor’s arm if he wanted to.

    Get AG in there with Jones because that’s the fight that needs to happen, not Jones vs Chael. The UFC is just trying to revive TUF with better ratings, so that’s understandable. Jones just gotta get past the Chael side show and back to fights that matter.

    • Nunya says:

      I agree with what you are saying. AG is a good fight for Jones but I don’t see AG winning. Cormier is a great fight for Jones.

    • Mike G. says:

      and Anderson Silva!!!!!

    • Guss says:

      Actually, it was Vitor that could’ve taken Jones arm home. But because he didn’t want to break Jone’s arm, and Jones wasn’t tapping, he eased up on it allowing Jones to escape. Even Jones thanked him for that in the post-fight conference. Vitor’s honorable sportsmanship lost him the fight. But that doesn’t take away Jones ability to win that fight. And I agree with Cerrone. Fighters should be fighters first, businessmen second. If Jones was confident he would beat Sonnen, then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t have taken the fight.

  7. Ryan says:

    I love watching Cerrone fights more than Jones. Everytime Cerrone fights, he does fights with all his heart.

  8. alawaiman says:

    This is kind of like one of those debates where there is a building on fire and you hear someone inside. Should you go in and risk yourself catching on fire in order to save them? Is it selfish to just stand outside and call 911? You know the it will be too late when the firefighters come.

  9. misterb says:

    In this game, there are smart fighters with good business sense. Jones made the right choice. You don’t train for weeks to take a last minute fight with a fighter like Chael especially if you are the champ. Cerrone… coulda, woulda, shoulda, easy to say when you are not the champ and have not only the belt to lose but also your main source of income. Champs don’t fight on a whim…

  10. Dave says:

    Jones has a brain which is rare in fighting. When your stock is up you don’t let the establishment just throw opponents at your at will without the proper time to prepare, because if you don’t win because you weren’t prepared, your stock drops. Of course someone who makes Jack Squat to fight is gonna take whatever they are offered to fight because it makes their stock go up. When you get to the top you deserve respect from the matchmakers, and you don’t let them throw hungry losers at you when you least expect it.

  11. Ernest Ian says:

    I don’t like Jones but he has a lot to lose based on his status as a champion and as a marquee fighter being hyped as a cage genius (with lots of prominent endorsement deals). Therefore, Cerrone can’t really argue because at the moment, Cowboy is still seeking recognition and a bigger payday. True, Bones can be douche but seeing that he has already committed to fight Sonnen as supported by TUF, he is just smart. It provides jones more preparation, and more hype, and eventually more money.

  12. sarge187 says:

    My thought has always been that Jones should have taken the fight to save the card but not put his title on the line because Chael was coming off a loss, however if Sonnen won the fight then he would be next in line for title shot to see if he could beat him after he trained for Chael with a full camp. but whatever its history now

  13. B-rad says:

    What Jones said makes no sense at all, if i was makin a million dollars to fight, instead of PAYING money to enter events, i would fight every fucking weekend if i was healthy. Him making that point makes it seem like he ducked chael even more if you ask me. Gotta make that dough while you can.

  14. halfway says:

    Another reason to not like Jones/praise Cowboy. Seems a bit snobbish to make a comment about not fighting for millions.

    If Jones believes in himself like he claims, one loss wouldn’t derail his entire career. Even if he had lost, he’d probably get an immediate rematch.

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