White: Jones/Sonnen not just to boost TUF ratings
Now, with Jones unable to go until April and thus, not available to fight Henderson on Feb. 2, White had to adjust. The irony of the situation is that if Jones had taken the fight against Sonnen at UFC 151 when it was offered, he likely wouldn’t have injured his arm and wouldn’t be hurt now.
“This wasn’t where I was going,” White said. “But when this happened and Jones was going to be out for so long, it made sense. I understand completely [about Sonnen not having won a fight at light heavyweight], but it’s a fight people want to see.”
White, though, insisted he was not asked by Fox officials to put Jones and Sonnen on the show and that it wasn’t done as a means to boost ratings. He said the show is doing what it is supposed to do.
“That’s what the word is, that TUF needs the help?” White asked in response to a question whether the decision was driven by a desire to give the show a boost. “People love to speculate and talk [expletive], but the truth of it is, they don’t know what the [expletive] they’re talking about. I have all the answers. The Internet does not. We built this company and we know what we’re doing. That had nothing to do with it.”