[VIDEO] Jon Jones Responds to Daniel Cormier's Callout
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.16.2013
Plus still potentially fighting Dan Henderson and more...
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones appeared on UFC Tonight this week to speak about his upcoming title fight with Chael Sonnen, who is also his rival coach for season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter. Jones also talked about getting matched up Dan Henderson again, Daniel Cormier's callout of him at the last Strikeforce event, and much more:
Jones speaking on his his opinion on Chael Sonnen has changed after their coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter: "My opinion of Chael has been altered a little. I have realized that he is really good at putting up an act and that when he isn't acting he is a pretty solid individual. I am glad I got to spend this time with Chael because my thoughts of him were pretty brutal, so he's redeemed himself a little."
Jones on picking his team on TUF: "When I picked my team, a lot of guys were really excited to be on my team. I actually talked to a few people from Chael's team and they wanted to be on my team. It was nice to have the respect of all these guys. I went into this thinking I was the youngest guy of all the cast and I was the coach. It was really nice and reassuring to have their respect."
Jones on who he thinks is the better MMA wrestler between him and Sonnen: "Well, it's hard to say who's the better MMA wrestler. Chael takes down a lot of opponents, but he has been taken down my Damian Maia. Right now, I haven't been taken down by anyone. I'm not going to say that it isn't possible, but I'm going to have to say it's myself based on stats."
Jones on the Daniel Cormier callout: "You know, the guy is a tremendous athlete and I wish he would just do it and just stop talking about it. I am open to fighting the best guys in the world."
Jones on if he would still fight Dan Henderson: "He is in title contention. I don't think he ever left, he was just injured. With the momentum he has going I think that he definitely can. He and I have unfinished business. He has my okay to be in there and for us to pick up where we left off."
Jones' thoughts on UFC President Dana White calling him a little diva: "Well, being in this business you learn to have tough skin and not take everything so personal. It is whatever. Dana says things and he says whatever is coming to his mind and you can't blame him. Maybe sometimes I say diva-ish things, but it is what it is."
Jones on fighting at Madison Square Garden in New York City if UFC is able to put it together: "Fighting in Madison Square Garden has always been a dream of mine. I've been chasing dreams since day one - going after the big things in life. So who knows what will happen, but it is a big dream to fight there. Give me the right opponent, you never know."
Would Anderson Silva be able to bring Jon Jones out for a card in MSG: "You never know."
Jones on if he has a one-liner for Jones on if he has a one-liner for Chael: "No one liners. Just for Chael to bring it, that is all I look for. April 27, let the countdown begin."