With Dana White’s UFC 300 Mess Exposed by Jon Jones, UFC Champ Gets Flayed by MMA Vet – “A Level of Stupid That’s Really Hard to Achieve”

Published 02/12/2024, 12:32 PM EST

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The UFC is expected to put together a fight to knock the fans’ socks off for the main event of UFC 300. The promotion goes all-out and out on the biggest cards for its anniversary cards as it did in the case of UFC 100 and 200. And while some very exciting fights have been announced for UFC 300, the main event is still unknown.

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Nevertheless, based upon the latest developments, all signs point towards the fans being disappointed. Jon Jones revealed in a recent interview with ‘Submission Radio’ that he had been offered the UFC 300 main event fight, but turned it down as he wouldn’t have been ready in time. UFC commentator and former superstar Chael Sonnen, who wastes no chance to trash talk his old foe, felt that Jones’ statements may have led to the promotion getting egg on its face, prompting him to call the GOAT contender a “bad employee”.

Sonnen calls Jon Jones stupid (again)

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Chael Sonnen was puzzled by this revelation by Jones and suggested he should have kept the information to himself. ‘Uncle Chael’ felt that this would have been a good idea if the undisputed heavyweight champion had not actually offered a UFC 300 booking and was angling for it.

“So Jon Jones has come out and he says ‘the UFC, they just offered me main event for UFC 300’. And I would have absolutely no idea what goes through that guy’s head. Like there’s a level of stupid that’s really hard to achieve. And in fairness, I wouldn’t know. When would it be okay for Jon to claim that he was offered a main event fight at UFC 300? When he wasn’t. If he was not offered that if he was working. If that was a hustle to get a headline, he did a great job,” he said.

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The verbose UFC analyst took further shots at his old rival and claimed that despite being one of the greatest mixed martial artists, it was for naught since he was unable to generate any significant buzz or headlines. “You have a heavyweight champion of the world who is amongst the best to ever do it… But you have to understand if no one is talking about you, then you’re not,” Sonnen spoke.

Sonnen felt that Jones revealing he had turned down UFC 300 was a bad move by Jones as it exposed to the world that the UFC did not have a main event for its 300th PPV event and was struggling to book one, which is a very bad look for the promotion. “So now he comes out and he outs the organization ‘hey man these guys don’t have a main event [for UFC 300],'” ‘The Bad Guy’ added.

While Sonnen may have been incensed at Jones for putting the UFC 300 main event cat out of the bag, one thing stood out to fans in the champion’s interview.

Jones is open to facing Tom Aspinall before retiring

As expected, Jon Jones confirmed in his Submission Radio interview that he was gearing up to face Stipe Miocic once he heals from injury. Originally scheduled to face former champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 295, an injury weeks out from the Madison Square Garde card forced him to pull out and the fight was postponed. As a replacement, the UFC set up an interim title bout between the two young and rising stars of the heavyweight division Tom Aspinall and Sergei Pavlovich.

Aspinall defeated the Russian in a spectacular first-round knockout to become the UFC’s interim heavyweight champion. Since then, Aspinall and fans have been calling on Jones to face the Englishman, which ‘Bones’ had repeatedly refused. However, in this interview, Jones said that the door for a possible Aspinall fight was still open.

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“But the Tom fight is definitely not off the table. Especially with how I’ve been feeling being out here. I feel just totally reinvigorated and just re-energized just being around all these fans. So, I can’t just walk away. So, the ball is rolling in a really positive direction for me to continue my career,” Jones said.

This seems like a good move for ‘Bones’. If he can beat Aspinall, his legacy will undoubtedly be exponentially enhanced. And even if he loses to the much younger Englishman, he will be cut a lot of slack for being at the end of his career and having the courage to face the dangerous Aspinall. Or maybe not!

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Kanishk Thakur

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Kanishk Thakur is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports with nearly 5 years of professional writing experience. Kanishk has expertly covered the heated rivalries of the fight game, and delivered meticulous reports of payouts of PPV events and Fight Nights, in addition to covering the personal side of fighters outside the sport. He is also an ardent Joe Rogan fan, who hopes to draw in more fans to the sport as Rogan did for him.
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