Cerrone on teammate Jones: ‘You shouldn’t curl up and find a way out’
UFC lightweight, Donald Cerrone recently hosted the questionnaire portion of UFC 155, prior to the weigh-ins. While it has been a while since UFC 151 had been cancelled, the topic of Jon Jones’ refusal to fight still weighs heavy on the minds of the fans. Cerrone trains at Greg Jackson’s camp, alongside teammate Jones. They do train day-in, day-out together, but that doesn’t mean they share the same mentality when it comes to short notice fights.
“Yes, I’d have fought. They could call me tomorrow and ask me to fight. I think you need to fight. That’s our job. I don’t think you should curl up and find a way out. So yes, that’s my answer.”
This is not the only time that the topic of Jones not fighting and effectively causing the cancellation of UFC 151 has come up for Cerrone. According to Cerrone, he has brought up the topic to Jones during training.
“He’s my teammate, and we have this discussion all the time,” Cerrone said. “I said, ‘You should’ve done it.’ And he goes, ‘Well, you don’t make a million (dollars) to fight.’ And I said, ‘Well, you’re right, but I f—ing fight every time with all my heart.’”
Whether that is the real conversation that took place between Cerrone and Jones is not known, but it is what Cerrone said took place. That is a bold statement from Jones, because this contradicts what he had cited the issue being at the time. Jones proclaimed he would not fight Sonnen, allowing him to talk his way into the bout. According to Cerrone, it was more about how the risk could affect his income in the long run.