MANILA, Philippines – Jon Jones maintained his stand that he only did what is right for himself and his family when he turned down the Chael Sonnen fight.
Jones said his refusal to fight Sonnen on eight days’ notice was just natural because he wanted to come in fully prepared.
“I train so hard to not even get hit, let alone to talk about losing a fight,” Jones said in Yahoo! Sports. “I love this sport so much; I owe it to myself to think of myself in the highest regard. So I'm not going to apologize if I'm a little full of myself when it comes to MMA.”
Jones was supposed to defend his light heavyweight title in UFC 151, but his opponent Dan Henderson was forced to pull out when he suffered a knee injury during training.
Jones was offered to fight Sonnen on September 1, but Jones decided that the fight was too near.
Due to lack of time, UFC president Dana White decided to cancel UFC 151.
Vitor Belfort will challenge Jones in UFC 152 on September 22.
“It’s just kind of a sad message, but it’s a legit message. At the end of the day, people are going to do what’s right for themselves,” said Jones. “I did what was right for my family.”