Shogun turned down the fight with Jones as well. Now everyone can quit talking shit about Jones, since no one wanted to fight him as well.
I wouldn't go that far. Not wanting to fight a super dominant champ on a month's notice is a little different than turning down a fight with a guy from the weight class below you, arguably being the cause of the cancelation of an entire event, and leaving about 20 fighter without a fight. That was my main concern with Jones. Not that he was "afraid" of Sonnen or something.
Edit: and to Jones/Jackson's credit, they could have been right about Sonnen. He could have been training this whole time because he's known about Hendo's injury this whole time. His random trash-talking of Jones started at a pretty convenient time. He could have been hyping up this fight that a lot of people didn't know had a huge possibility of happening.