Jones Looks for Redemption at UFC 152
UFC 152 is redemption time in the public’s eyes. Within 48 hours of Jones decision not to accept a fight against Chael Sonnen he regretted it. He could help salvage the UFC 151 card, but UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones didn’t. He expressed remorse that he hadn’t made a different choice.
With just eight days notice of the potential switch, Jones turned to those around him to help make the decision. The consensus among his trainers and managers was that it wouldn’t make sense. There was no reason for him to risk taking a fight without having the proper amount of time to prepare.
Jones’ trainer Greg Jackson even told Jones that if he accepted the fight it would be the “worst decision of his career”. Both Jackson and Jones were ripped by UFC President Dana White. White went as far as to call the former a “sport killer” in a fit of rage.
While Jones may regret his decision not to take the fight with Sonnen, the impact of what has happened could have a very positive impact. Especially on the sports betting odds for his upcoming tilt with Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 in September.
Jones is Just a Young Buck Heading into UFC 152
It’s important to remember that Jones is just 25-years old. that is something that most players forget when talking about the youngest champion in UFC history.
The Rochester, New York, native has already defended his title three times in a span of less than a year. and will look to increase that total to four when he steps in to the Octagon against Belfort.
Jones took the backlash that came with not accepting the fight against Sonnen hard. He went to Twitter to voice his apologies.
“Carrying the cross for my company,” Jones tweeted. “If someone has to take the blame, I will accept full responsibility for the way UFC 151 was cancelled. I want to sincerely apologize to all other athletes (and) fans whose time and money was wasted”.
Jones is Mature Beyond His Years
Jones clearly had every right to decline a bout against a talented fighter in Sonnen on such short notice. The fact that he handled the situation with so much maturity and accepted responsibility is refreshing. Especially in an age when so many athletes end up in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons.
It is that maturity that has helped Jones get to where he is at this point in his career, and will help him flourish as potentially one of the greatest champions of all-time.
Jones is already ranked the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by ESPN. and after dominating what was widely considered the deepest division in the UFC over the last two years there is no doubt he deserves it. He watched his name get smeared by critics over his decision not to fight at UFC 151.
It won’t be a surprise when Jones comes out and addresses what happened with another impressive performance in the Octagon. Many already feel that Jones should be the easy favorite to win over Belfort.
This is something reflected in the betting sites odds. This whole incident should provide even more motivation ahead of UFC 152. For the odds for UFC 152 and other events, make sure to check out the best sports betting sites.