"I'd have fought," said Cerrone prior to UFC 155. "They could call me tomorrow and ask me to fight. I think you need to fight. That's our job. I don't think you should curl up and find a way out."
Jones and Jackson were blamed by UFC president Dana White for the card being scratched. Jones' original opponent, Dan Henderson (29-8), was hurt and the light heavyweight champion wouldn't take a different fight with Chael Sonnen on short notice.
Cerrone said he and Jones have discussed the incident. Jones noted that Cerrone doesn't make nearly what he does and that played a reason for him refusing to take another fight.
"[Jones] goes, 'Well, you don't make a million [dollars] to fight' and I said, 'Well, you're right, but I f------ fight every time with all my heart,'" said Cerrone.
Jones returns in April to defend his title against Chael Sonnen (27-12-2) in a venue to be announced. Cerrone meets the returning Anthony Pettis (15-2) at UFC on FOX 6 from the United Center in Chicago, IL on January 26.
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