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Jon Jones: “Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody, anything.”

As he’s made clear, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones doesn’t feel like he deserves all of the blame for the cancellation of UFC 151. In fact, if Jones was given a chance to change things, he’s said he would still turn down a short-notice fight with Chael Sonnen regardless of how his employers, peers, and MMA fans in general reacted to the decision.

“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight,” Jones said, in a recent interview with the Associated Press. “Dana (White) had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself. The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.”

Jones was hit from all sides by his decision, as fellow fighters and White ripped into him. The 25-year old was originally set to face Dan Henderson but a knee injury knocked “Hendo” out of the fight. Sonnen was the lone fighter willing to take the bout on just a few days notice.

“I’ve been dealing with a lot of controversy,” Jones said. “A lot of insults right now. People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight.’ Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody, anything.”


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