Coming on the heals of UFC president Dana White's comments yesterday regarding Jon Jones and the cancellation of UFC 151, Jones continues to stand firm on his choice to turn down a last minute fight with Chael Sonnen which could have saved the event.
White placed much of the blame on Jones and his camp initially, but since relented a bit after cooling off for a few days. He admitted that Dan Henderson also shared some of the blame for sitting on knowledge of his knee injury for 2 weeks while hoping to heal in time for the fight.
Jones, however, believes that White has blamed everyone except himself.
"I had to do what's right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself," Jones told The Associated Press. "The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family."
Jones' decisions not to face Sonnen on 9-days notice has come under much scrutiny from the UFC brass, fellow fighters, the media and fans alike, but he believes that other fighters can learn from his decision and that good can come from the events' cancellation and that he and White can patch things up.
"I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off," Jones continued. "For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what's best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards."
While he continues to come under fire for the controversial situation, Jones believes that he must do what's in his best interests regardless of what others may say.
"People tell me, ‘You're the champ, you've got to take the fight,'" Jones shared. "Being the champ wasn't given to me. I don't owe anybody anything."