"He's a long way away," White said. "He's not coming off the (Anderson) Silva fight and just talking his way into a 205-pound world title shot."
"[Sonnen] is going to have to beat a couple of the best of the world," White said. "If he beats Forrest Griffin, we'll shoot him right into the Top 5 and let him fight some of those guys there, and we'll see what happens."
Of course, there's one man whose right hand could easily throw a wrench into the entire scenario: Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC). "Hendo" meets Jones in the main event of next week's UFC 151 event in Las Vegas, and while the champion is as much as a 7-to-1 favorite according to some oddsmakers, White believes the challenger should not be overlooked.
"I don't think people are giving Dan Henderson enough credit for this fight," White said. "Dan Henderson is awesome. He's a three-time world champion, and … he's got the style to beat Jon Jones. He's got a rock-solid chin, he's a great wrestler, and he's got knockout power in both hands.
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