Jon Jones did admit that he talked to Dana White on the phone and that Dana told him he would have to win 2-3 fights to get a title shot.
It seems pretty realistic that this is the same conversation where Jones asked him to ask Chael to quit making fun of him. And then Dana comforted him by telling him not to worry because Chael will have to fight his way to a shot and not talk his way.
Dana is a sneeky git. Saying exactly what he needs to keep Bones on side. He knows full well there are barely any interesting fights left for Jones at LHW. If Sonnen had to have 3 fights to get a shot, then Jones would also have to have 4 fights in the meantime. And who would they be against?
In my opinion, what will happen is Chael will beat Forrest convincingly in December. By then Bones would have beaten Belfort and will probably be booked to fight Machida around January. Then what? Assuming he beats Rua, then Gustaf maybe?
My money is on Chael fighting Bones around April/May next year after Chael has had one fight at LHW.