Wow, is Chael ever the supertroll. The guy doesn't even have to fight and he doubled his profile once again, got put in title talks once again. It's crazy. He's a huge thorn in the greatest prodigy the UFC has seen and he hasn't even put his toe in the same division's water yet.
I respect Sonnen in many ways because I do believe he would and respect the fact that he will take fights on 0 days notice, and wants to be the champ, bar-none. That being said, in no way does he deserve a shot at LHW belt under any circumstance.
The blame here should largely be put on the UFC and Dana White's shoulders for not having any idea how to deal with a situation like this when they KNOW first hand how bad injuries have hurt them. They should make contingency plans and conditional arrangements. Asking a MW who has just lost a title match and has never competed in the UFCs LHW division is laughable. I have little doubt in my mind that Sonnen was called due to his popularity and marketability. Dana can scoff all he likes about the illegitimacy of other organizations, and paper champions, paper challengers and general lack of integrity, but having Sonnen fight Jones for the lHW would have been farcical and pretty much a money grab.
So it gets put on Jon Jones shoulder's to accept his opponent on 8 days notice, and I agree, that a true champion would have accepted it as the noble thing to do. The thing with Jones is that I think he disdains Chael so much he doesn't want to give him a sniff, and, that he is far too calculating (blindingly so), to accept a fight like this right now. Not to mention he has Jackson in his ear, and it seems like a master say student do relationship.
Its one of those times where its not your fault, its not fair that you have to make the choice, but damnit, you have to suck it up and be gracious about it.
He wants to be known as great, he wants to build a legacy, well legacies are built on unexpected transpirations like this, opportunities being seized in the moment. Just because you're champ doesn't mean you get to sit pretty. Quite the opposite actually.