While most people seem to believe that Jon Jones won”t be fighting again the UFC any time soon, evidently Chael Sonnen isn’t one of them.
As you know, Jones was arrested earlier this year following an alleged, hit-and-run accident, and the fighter could be sent to jail for a couple of years if he’s convicted. After Jones’ arrest, the UFC stripped him of the light-heavyweight title, and his rival Daniel Cormier went on to win it, by defeating Anthony Johnson.
Sonnen recently spoke to News.com.au, and while discussing the future of the man who stopped him in 2013, he stated:
“I think Jon Jones is gonna be back a lot sooner than you think,” Sonnen said. “He’s still got to get through a court date and anything could happen there — including jail time. If he gets jail time that just kicks the can down the road farther as far as his return. He’ll definitely be back and he will be champion again.
“He’s a young guy that behaves as a young guy. Some people get success and they change, I don’t know that he’s changed. He was behaving like a knucklehead before he was champion and he behaves like a knucklehead now. He’s a young guy and I think a little bit needs to be considered there. He’s a fist-fighter, he fights inside a steel cage I’m not totally sure all that’s expected of him, and why? He’s a very nice guy and that story never gets told, it seems like whenever he does something bad there’s always a camera around him but when he does something nice it just goes unnoticed. I know him pretty well and he’s a nice guy — he just behaves like a knucklehead and to me that sounds like a pretty regular person.”
It’s going to be really interesting to see what goes down if Jones does return to the Octagon, say some time next year. The consensus seems to be that “Bones” will battle his way back into the 205 throne that he held for so long. It will also be fascinating to see how fans respond to his return, as it’s no secret that Jones had a lot of supporters and haters, before all this went down.
Cormier, meanwhile, is booked to defend the belt versus Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 on October 3rd. That card will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Jones fighting either of those guys for a second time would be a massive fight for the UFC.