UFC 152 Post-Fight Notebook: White Bashes Bellator, Jones vs. Sonnen and More
Leaving Toronto is always a bittersweet thing, but it's always that way when you're leaving a place that is truly a delightful locale to visit.
In all of my travels attending UFC events, Toronto stands out as one of my favorite places that I've been. I find that it's almost always this way with Canadian cities; Vancouver is fantastic (when the locals aren't rioting over hockey) and Montreal is stunningly beautiful, if not ridiculously cold in the wintertime.
WHITE SAYS SONNEN VS. JONES A POSSIBILITY
If it seems a bit ridiculous to you that Chael Sonnen is still being considered for a title opportunity against Jon Jones, well, you should probably bunker down and prepare yourself: The storm is only going to get worse in the coming months.
White told the gathered media that he fully expects Sonnen to call out Jones should he get by Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December.
"He's going to call out Jon Jones, no doubt," White said.
White also noted that, despite what Jones has said publicly, he believes Jones wants a bout with Sonnen sooner rather than later.
"I can tell you right now, I think they both want that fight. I think there are other fights that make more sense. People do want to see it. If enough people want to see it, I guess I'd have to make it."
UFC PRESIDENT OPTIMISTIC ON SILVA VS. BONNAR
Let's be honest with one another, just for a second: There's no way that Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar, the main event of next month's UFC 153 event in Brazil, ranks highly on your list of most-anticipated UFC main events. Even if you're like me (I'm mildly intrigued), it's still not something you're going to invite your friends over for and plan a huge gathering around. It just isn't.
That doesn't mean it's not interesting. And, as White noted, that doesn't mean it's not a pretty cool thing to see Silva step up and save the card.
"The fights that we're making kill it, and the events are off the charts," he said. "But when it falls off and you have to scramble to fix it, the fact we're still having a show, the fact the greatest fighter of all time steps up and takes the main event spot, it's the thing that makes me continue to love this sport."
ANTHONY JOHNSON RETURN A POSSIBILITY
Anthony John was famously cut from the UFC earlier this year after failing to make weight for what seemed to be the eighth time in a row, but he's recently found a new home—and some moderate success—at light heavyweight.
Johnson scored a KO win over Jake Rosholt in his second light heavyweight fight, running his consecutive-wins streak to three. White said that he's happy to allow Johnson back in the UFC fold, but there are some stipulations.
"We'll see. I like the kid. It's not like I don't like him," White said. "I want to see him make weight another time and then we'll decide. I don't care what weight he's at as long as he [expletive] makes weight."
White also noted that in order for Johnson to return, he couldn't sign a contract with Bellator—a promotion which White said had been using "dirty" tactics to keep fighters under their thumb, even after cutting them.
"I don't talk much about Bellator, but what they do is one of the dirtiest things you can do in the business. It's dirty, it's grimy, and it's just despicable. I have the right to match, but once I cut a guy and let him go and somebody else tries to sign him, I don't come back and say, 'Oh, you're breaking the contract. I have matching rights.'
"When you made the decision to cut him, you cut him. That's one of the dirtiest things you can do in the fight business. I have no beef with those guys. They're doing their own thing, and I could care less. But that's dirty. It's borderline criminal."
ONWARD TO MONTREAL
There's a show in Brazil next month, with the aforementioned light heavyweight bout between Stephan Bonnar and Anderson Silva, but most MMA eyes are turned towards Montreal and the anticipated return of Georges St-Pierre.
To that end, the UFC will hold a special press conference in the city on Thursday to make the main event official and announce ticket prices and on-sale dates.
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