“I keep hearing that I talked my way into a fight, and guys, it’s true. But the word that I used was ‘yes,’” he said on a recent MetroPCS video chat. “When the chance came and they said, ‘Do you want to fight?’ I said yes. Contrary to what it may look like on TV, [Jones is] pretty darn good, and there’s not a lot of guys who want to fight him. And contrary to what the oddsmakers may say, [I’m] pretty good, too, and there’s not a lot of guys who want to fight me.
“A lot of guys complain that I got the fight with Jon,” he continued. “But not one of those guys said, ‘Hey, I want to fight Jon.’ Not one of them. And a lot of those guys complain that Jon’s fighting me and we’re going to be the biggest fight in UFC history, and you’re stealing 2013 early. Guys, you didn’t call me out? You want to complain that I’m fighting him, but you didn’t want to fight me to get to him.”