UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones was one of the thousands of people attending UFC on FOX 5 this past weekend and took so time to catch up with cameras, addressing a number of questions including those surrounding his time on TUF 17 with Chael Sonnen, how his injured arm is doing, and, of course, his interest in an eventual shot at solving the mystery of Anderson Silva.
Though Jones and Sonnen have taken cracks at each other online and in other media appearances, “Bones” was actually quite cordial when asked how his time with the polarizing pugilist compared to the opinion he had of his future opponent before linking up on the Ultimate Fighter.
“I think I have a little bit more respect for him after spending six weeks with the guy. He’s definitely not as bad a character as I thought,” said Jones in an interview with Fuel TV. “He’s a pretty decent person when he’s not trying to promote a fight. His antics can be a little overboard but him as a person, he’s not too bad.”
When it comes to their eventual match-up in late April, Jones made it clear his health won’t be an issue after the amount of time between the bout and his initial injury. The 25-year old suffered some damage to the limb at UFC 152 when Vitor Belfort nearly sealed the deal with an early Armbar.
“I feel good. My elbow is healing up pretty good. I’m feeling strong. I fought through it for the Vitor fight and I’m sure I’ll fight through it if it gives me anymore problems,” stated Jones, shrugging off the affliction’s impact.
Jones was also asked to address the possibility of a fight with Silva, an explosive icon who has yet to taste defeat in the Octagon considered to be the best of all time. The 17-1 New Yorker kept things in the same ballpark as his most recent comments on the potential match-up as far as vague openness to the notion.
“My door’s not really open for the fight to be honest with you but who knows what the future holds,” replied Jones. “I’m happy where I’m at, bottom line. I have a good program and if it’s not broke then don’t fix it. But if Anderson moves up to light heavyweight and challenges me for my belt, that’s a different scenario.”
The full interview with Jones can be seen below:
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