MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White will not rule out a clash between light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and former top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen.
Jones successfully defended his title against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 last weekend, while Sonnen is set to face former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin this December.
“People do want to see it,” White told MMA Fighting, when asked about a Sonnen-Jones fight. “I don’t know. Who knows? People do want to see it.”
“If enough people do want to see it, I guess I’d have to make it,” he said.
White said he expects Sonnen to “call out Jones” if he defeats Griffin.
“He’s going to call out Jones, there’s no doubt... Everybody talks about him talking his way into fights, but you know that guy’s going to show up to win,” he said.
Sonnen offered to fight Jones on short notice in the main event of UFC 151, but Jones refused the bout. UFC 151 was eventually cancelled, and Jones instead fought Belfort at UFC 152.
But White believes the champion may be more willing to take on Sonnen now.
“I can tell you right now I think they both want that fight,” he said.
White said, however, that there were “other fights that make sense.”
White hinted that Dan Henderson, who was originally supposed to face Jones at UFC 151, may get another shot at the champion once he heals from his knee injury.
It is unsure when Jones will be ready to return to the Octagon, however, as he may have suffered an injury of his own after getting locked into an armbar by Belfort in the first round of their bout.