He's Jon (Bones) Jones, that's who

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones speaks with the media at the Air Canada Centre in...

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones speaks with the media at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont., Oct. 12, 2011. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

TORONTO - UFC head honcho Dana White just can’t say enough about rising star Jon (Bones) Jones.

The 24-year-old Jones, the current belt holder, has cut a swath through the light-heavyweight division in such a decisive manner that even the verbose White is almost at a loss for words. Well, not really.

“The thing that has impressed me the most is that at such a young age, taking on all these big names and beating them the way he has. You know, you’re talking about guys like Shogun (Mauricio Rua) and (Quinton Jackson), guys that have been around forever,” White said at an Air Canada Centre press conference on Wednesday to promote UFC 140 on Dec. 10.

“And he might not be a household name, but when he beat (Vladimir) Matyushenko , I was blown away by how he had done it. And the fact that he’s this young. You know, he expected his next fight to be Rashad Evans and then Evans had to pull out, and then to have to face a guy like Lyoto (Machida).

“He’s dealing with a lot of stuff that puts a lot of pressure on normal people at a very young age. And I’m very impressed by the way he is handling himself, not only leading up to these fights but in the actual fights. He’s only 24 and he’s fighting all these legends. It’s very impressive.”

While already very well known amongst mixed martial arts fans, Jones could have just enough star power to make him into a household name.

JONES LIKES HIS BENTLEY

It’s good to be champ. In fact, current UFC light-heavyweight belt holder Jon Jones can’t think of too much that’s wrong with being at the top of the heap. And while fighters certainly take their knocks in the octagon, that new Bentley the 24-year-old just bought must take away some of the sting.

“Yeah, yeah I did,” Jones said bashfully when queried about his recent purchase. “There’s not a lot of extreme negatives that come along with a dream come true. It’s just an awesome role really. I guess the only negative that comes with being champ is that you have to be more careful about the words that I say because the level of the way I get scrutinized for every little thing that happens. So that’s the only difference. But it’s something that I’m learning to deal with and handle even better. But outside of that, I’m a pretty happy guy … When I joined the sport I always wanted to be the best and try to be a champion. So now that I’m here, I have this feeling I’m right where I’m supposed to be.”

And being in that new Bentley probably isn’t too bad, either.

RAMPAGE BOXED IN BY CONTRACT

Not only will UFC president Dana White not allow Quinton (Rampage) Jackson to step into the boxing ring on his watch, he thinks the former light-heavyweight champion would be in for a rude awakening if he did.

Following his one-sided loss to division champion Jon (Bones) Jones at UFC 135, Rampage stated his desire to do some boxing, saying boxers wouldn’t run from him and that he would be able to get the stand-up war he has been looking for.

White has since come out and said that while he has no problem with Jackson boxing, he won’t allow him to do it while he’s under contract with the UFC. “He’s under contract. He’s not boxing … I mean, if he wants to box when his contract is up, that’s up to him,” White told reporters.

White also insists that Rampage wouldn’t get the fight he is looking for since present-day boxers aren’t interested in engaging in toe-to-toe slugfests. White added that Rampage is misguided if he thinks he can make more money in the ring than in the octagon.

“Rampage thought that the movie business was the answer to all his (expletive) dreams. That didn’t work out too good. The pay over there wasn’t what he thought it was. The pay over here was a lot better, a lot better,” White said.

SONNEN VS. SILVA COMING SOON

It looks like Chael Sonnen might just get his wish.

During his post-fight interview in the octagon on Saturday at UFC 136, after a dominating victory over Brian Stann, Sonnen called out Anderson Silva saying, “Anderson Silva ... you suck!” and that he wanted a rematch with the middleweight champion. If he wins, Sonnen said, Silva should leave the division and if he loses, he will leave the UFC forever.

Sonnen then cranked up the trash talk in post-fight interviews, saying, “(I’m) the true champion, the people’s champion, and the best damn middleweight there’s ever been. Anderson Silva is a nuisance to me and a thorn in my side … He’s a chicken, he’s a coward and he won’t fight me.”

UFC head honcho Dana White has responded to all this bravado by saying that “More than likely, I’ll be making that fight … I’d be pretty (expletive) stupid if I don’t make that fight.” And White confirmed those words at the ACC presser saying that Silva “will probably end up fighting Chael.”

The bad blood between Sonnen and Silva is nothing new. The two first met in August 2010 at UFC 117 where Sonnen shockingly dominated the widely held pound-for-pound king for four and a half rounds.

Toward the end of the fifth round, Silva was able to put Sonnen in a triangle choke hold and escape with his middleweight title intact.


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