Jon Jones was right: he is exactly like Jesus. He’ll carry the cross for UFC 151 in the eyes of the fans, at least until we get to crucify him with boos and catcalls at UFC 152. Maybe if he finishes Vitor in spectacular fashion his popularity will rise again and his true disciples will be rewarded for their faith. But for now pretty much every statement that’s coming out of his mouth is so frustrating it makes me want to pull a Judas and hang myself (or die from spontaneous disembowelment, whichevs).

Via MMA Weekly:

“Why would I put a world championship on the line against a very dangerous opponent for a person that hasn’t even remotely earned the right to consider himself in the position to fight for a world title? That’s like hitting the jackpot and I refuse to be anyone’s jackpot.”

“I’m honored to fight Vitor Belfort. Vitor is a Christian like I am. He’s an honorable man. Fighting Chael Sonnen, he’s a punk. He’s a thug.”

“I signed a contract to fight Dan Henderson, not Dan Henderson and his best friend.”

Via The Washington Post:

“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself,” Jones said by phone Wednesday. “The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.”

“I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off,” Jones said. “For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what’s best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards.”

“People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight,’” he said. “Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody anything.”

Well said, sir. Fuck the UFC, and fuck the fans! It’s all about you!