UFC 151: Chael Sonnen Gave 30-Minute Window to Fight Jon Jones for Free

John HeinisSenior Analyst IAugust 23, 2012

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Chael Sonnen reacts after losing to Anderson Silva (not pictured) during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

While UFC president Dana White made the blockbuster announcement that UFC 151 would be cancelled due to Dan Henderson being injured and Jon Jones turning down a fight with Chael Sonnen, "The American Gangster" made a last ditch effort to save the event. 

With the ongoing Twitter war between the UFC light-heavyweight champion and Sonnen, it's no surprise Chael took to the social-media platform to give "Bones" one more opportunity to fight him: 


30 min to cement your legacy. Champ or Coward? I make a lot more than you do... Show up in 8 days I'll give you my purse.

— chael sonnen (@sonnench) August 23, 2012

During Thursday's impromptu press conference, White explained that Sonnen was the only fighter willing to step up and fight Jones on eight days' notice, but Jones declined, partially due to his head coach Greg Jackson's influence. 

Living up to his word, 30 minutes later, Chael simply tweeted:


Times up

— chael sonnen (@sonnench) August 23, 2012

White was extremely critical of both Jackson and Jones for turning down the fight, saying Jackson is a "f***ing sport killer" and that Jones is "the first champion to ever turn down a match. That's how Jones will be viewed." 

Jones has not been on his Twitter page since yesterday evening and has not put out a statement through his camp regarding the event cancellation. 

However, Jackson has already given an interview responding to White, indicating that he simply gave Jones his opinion and "didn't know they had it all riding on one fight." 

Is there anyone out there that thinks Jones made the right decision by turning down the fight with Sonnen?