Just odd. If numbers were so important to him. If money was what he was after. Why not take the Sonnen fight? That would be the most numbers he could get at 205. Makes little sense to complain about numbers and then decline a fight that would do the most..
He must be that afraid to lose that he would sacrifice money...which is everything to him supposedly.
That is pure speculation that Sonnen would sell as well, if not more, than Hendo. We really can't know. And JBJ and Greg Jackson are right, technically Sonnen is about as different from Hendo as you can get. While I believe JBJ would walk through him, there is also the fact that he trained for a very specific type of opponent and would be at a disadvantage taking it.
All that said, I really do wish Jones would have accepted the fight, but unlike everyone else, I harbor no ill will towards him for turning it down. I mean it wasn't like they found a "suitable" replacement. Even if JBJ beats him near to death all they will say is that he beat a 185'er, congrats! Seriously, with the way this forum is towards JBJ he would not have walked out of this clean no matter what ANYONE says. There is a whole lot of JBJ hate flowing and he really had 2 ways to be hated:
1) Turn down the fight and accept people get pissed. To add to this, I don't think he really thought the card would be cancelled if he did. And even if so, again how is that his fault?
2) Fight Sonnen and it's a lose/lose in the eyes of the people. If he wins then it is "Great you beat a 185'er who isn't AS. Don't hit any light poles after you leave your after party!". If he loses then it is "LOL he lost to a 185'er who couldn't beat AS. Clearly AS is the best fighter ever and LHW is a joke."
When you stop to think about it, unless they offered JBJ a 205'er who was at least on a win streak or at least a former champion, JBJ doesn't win. That isn't to say he would have accepted a fight from anyone else though.