Sonnen: ’Jones will be back a lot sooner than you think and will be champion again’
Since Jones' absence, Daniel Cormier seized the light-heavyweight title when he submitted Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. He will defend the title at UFC 192 that is to take place October 3 in Houston against Alexander Gustafsson, but many believe Jon Jones will return and take back the belt.
One of them is Chael Sonnen.
"I think Jon Jones is gonna be back a lot sooner than you think," Sonnen said. „He's still got to get through a court date and anything could happen there — including jail time. If he gets jail time that just kicks the can down the road farther as far as his return. He'll definitely be back and he will be champion again."
"He's a young guy that behaves as a young guy. Some people get success and they change, I don't know that he's changed. He was behaving like a knucklehead before he was champion and he behaves like a knucklehead now. He's a young guy and I think a little bit needs to be considered there."
"He's a fist-fighter, he fights inside a steel cage I'm not totally sure all that's expected of him, and why? He's a very nice guy and that story never gets told, it seems like whenever he does something bad there's always a camera around him but when he does something nice it just goes unnoticed. I know him pretty well and he's a nice guy — he just behaves like a knucklehead and to me that sounds like a pretty regular person."