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)


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TORONTO - UFC head honcho Dana White just cant 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, youre 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 hes 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).

Hes dealing with a lot of stuff that puts a lot of pressure on normal people at a very young age. And Im very impressed by the way he is handling himself, not only leading up to these fights but in the actual fights. Hes only 24 and hes fighting all these legends. Its 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.


Its good to be champ. In fact, current UFC light-heavyweight belt holder Jon Jones cant think of too much thats 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. Theres not a lot of extreme negatives that come along with a dream come true. Its 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 thats the only difference. But its something that Im learning to deal with and handle even better. But outside of that, Im 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 Im here, I have this feeling Im right where Im supposed to be.

And being in that new Bentley probably isnt too bad, either.


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 wouldnt 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 wont allow him to do it while hes under contract with the UFC. Hes under contract. Hes not boxing I mean, if he wants to box when his contract is up, thats up to him, White told reporters.

White also insists that Rampage wouldnt get the fight he is looking for since present-day boxers arent 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 didnt work out too good. The pay over there wasnt what he thought it was. The pay over here was a lot better, a lot better, White said.


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, (Im) the true champion, the peoples champion, and the best damn middleweight theres ever been. Anderson Silva is a nuisance to me and a thorn in my side Hes a chicken, hes a coward and he wont fight me.

UFC head honcho Dana White has responded to all this bravado by saying that More than likely, Ill be making that fight Id be pretty (expletive) stupid if I dont 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.