- Chael Sonnen has a strong feeling that Jon Jones will continue to fight because of money
- “The Bad Guy” thinks Curtis Blaydes is the toughest matchup for “Bones”
Despite what the narrative UFC president Dana White hinted about Jon Jones’ future, Chael Sonnen is not convinced that the heavyweight champ will call it quits if he possibly ends up beating Stipe Miocic.
Jon is there for the money
Speaking on his YouTube channel, “The Bad Guy” speculated that legacy appears to be playing an important part in Jones’ career at the moment, but more than anything else, he’s fighting for the money.
“I understand that Jon Jones is not fighting for the championship but he’s not fighting for the legacy. I mean all of those things could exist but if the money doesn’t, he doesn’t. He’s fighting for the money. Floyd Mayweather is doing the same thing, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Sonnen stated.
For Sonnen, it may seem as if nobody is worthy of facing Jones besides Miocic but the truth is, it will still be a massive fight regardless of who steps up against “Bones.”
“Why do I think that John won’t? Well, I don’t know I guess because Dana finally spoke up on it. Dana said if Jon Jones goes out there and he beats Stipe, I could imagine that he doesn’t come back. Now, guys I don’t think we’re gonna cross that bridge and to have interesting fights for Jon Jones is nothing more than the right guy on a microphone. The right guy on a microphone and all of a sudden Jon’s got another huge fight,” he pointed out.
Curtis is the guy
Sonnen also acknowledged that the current heavyweight division may not be stacked with championship-caliber fighters but people don’t realize that Curtis Blaydes presents a strong case as a tough matchup for Jones.
“What’s the excuse you’re gonna make for Blaydes? X’s and O’s, that is the hardest fight Jon has on the roster right there [but] Curtis Blaydes is not even a discussion, not even remotely a discussion in fact, Curtis has a next match, that match hasn’t even been named as the match to pay attention to. So, if time is in fact taken for Jon, if he doesn’t want to take those big risks, but I don’t want to go out there with guys who are less known, that’s gonna be a reality that we might have to face,” Sonnen concluded.
Sonnen appears to have made a good point about Blaydes as “Razor” is currently on a three-fight winning streak with back-to-back wins via TKO. However, Jones has made it clear that as of now, his eyes are locked on a GOAT title fight showdown with Miocic. White has given the fight a nod and is already working on a potential date.
Blaydes, meanwhile, is set to face Sergei Pavlovich next month.