Ha, looks like they are leaving the UFC 151 name to forever be remembered as the card Jon Jones and Greg Jackson murdered!
Jon Jones has responded to all of today’s hullabaloo:
“I apologize to the people that lost money on tickets and travel and things like that,” Jones said. “I don’t apologize for my decision, but I do apologize for the way it affected people. I hope people can understand I was just trying to do the best thing for my career.
“Dan Henderson got hurt, and our fight was canceled. As difficult as it is to deal with everything that’s happened, I just didn’t feel like I had enough time to prepare both physically and mentally for a fight with a new opponent. I just didn’t feel I had enough to prepare properly and perform at my best. Whether Chael Sonnen actually deserves a title shot really isn’t my place to say. But if he wants to fight on Sept. 22, then I’m fine with that.”
And Chael Sonnen continues to stump for unquestioning obedience to the UFC :
“I was willing to step in to help the industry, to help the company, and to help the sport that I love,” said Sonnen. “I have fans and friends and people I don’t even know who are flying in to see this. There’s people who have had to take time off work, save money, find babysitters, all so they can go out and see the greatest show known to man: a live UFC. There are fighters on the undercard who are quite literally depending on this $5,000 or $10,000 guarantee they get for showing up and walking out there and competing in the hardest sport in the world just to keep their lights on next month. And there’s a domino effect from there. Those guys have managers and gym dues and sparring partners [for whom] the $75 or $100 they get is the difference between a meal or not. This is a huge deal. This is so much bigger than one bratty, entitled kid named Jon Jones.”
Jon Jones the UFC light heavyweight champion is @JonnyBones on Twitter. @JonJones is the twitter handle of a video game company manager. Whenever people get pissed off at Jon Jones the UFC fighter, he hears about it.
If you thought Dana White buried Jones and Jackson during the press conference, check out the press release the UFC just sent out:
White explained: “UFC 151 will be remembered as the event Jon Jones and Greg Jackson murdered.”
White said the fall-out for the UFC, its partners, fans and fighters was ‘huge’.
“It’s major, major deal,” said White. “We lose a lot of money, money that’s already been spent. We’re eight days out. We’ve spent tons of money on this fight. How long and how far it goes and how bad it hurts I don’t know because it’s the first time we’ve done it.
“One thing that you really have to think about are the fighters on the undercard. Sure, Jon Jones is rich what does he care if he cancels the fight? But 20 other fighters on the card added up to almost a half a million dollars in purse money that Jones and Greg Jackson’s decision stole from them. No champion or headliner in UFC history has ever done that. As difficult as Tito Ortiz could be… even Tito never bailed on a fight.”
“Many people, from fans to PPV distributors, TV networks, sponsors, and more importantly fighters who are working hard to support their families and build their careers are hurt badly by this selfish decision.”
Still lookin for the video but here’s MMA Fighting’s transcript of Chael Sonnen on Sportscenter:
“I just don’t know why he won’t fight me next Saturday,” Sonnen said. “What else does he have to do Saturday, is there a wine tasting at a local racetrack or something that I haven’t heard about? I don’t know. I don’t know what his deal is, maybe Dana didn’t make it clear enough that he was willing to fly Jon Jones out, maybe Jones thought he had to drive. …
“Jon Jones has his own way of going about things,” said Sonnen. “This guy is an entitled brat, and when you get that way, you’re surrounded with people who tell you these things. You don’t think of anyone else but yourself. He’s now with Nike, Nike with Jon Jones will have to change their slogan to ‘Just Do Nothing.'”
Asked if it was fair for Jones to face a new opponent on just over a week’s notice, Sonnen contrasted Henderson’s attempts to stick with the fight to Jones’ response.
“We’re a volunteer army, nobody has to fight, nobody has to go with this company and go into this line of work,” said Sonnen. “But, when you choose to, and when you sign your name to a contract, with an industry that’s counting on you to honor your word, you’ve got to honor your word. Dan Henderson was on one leg, and did everything he could in order to still make that date. Dana White flew him out, had his own doctor look at his knee and said look, he can’t go. So Dan Henderson on one leg was willing to do what Jon Jones who’s healthy wasn’t willing to do.”
Hey, wrasslin fans. You know I hate you but here’s some wrestling meets MMA with Chael Sonnen’s buddy and WWE champ CM Punk going off on twitter:
“Being a man. A lost concept. … Ok keyboard kids. Tell me what I do is fake, but at least I have heart. The irony is tangible. Who’s phony now?? … “Man up!”–the Briscoes. Bet ya Sun Tzu said that too. … ‘@JoshLBarnett: @CMPunk Crush. Smash. Burn’ Sometimes for duty. Sometimes for profit. Sometimes for fun. … “@DeadMikeLocash: @CMPunk Bones would beat the shit out of your phony ass.” Yup. But I’d fight him. Come to @wwenxt @FullSail !! Big show!”
This isn’t the first time CM Punk has tweeted out against Bones! He also something something meh meh meh okay I don’t care enough anymore
I know what you’re thinking. “I wanna hear more about how Jon Jones is terrible and starves fighter babies.” Well good sir, there’s a bunch more of that out there, especially at Bleacher Report. Some selections:
- Jon Jones Just Shafted Every Fighter on the UFC 151 Fight Card
- UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Values Money over the Sport
- Jon Jones’ Selfish Act Will Cost Him in the Eyes of Fans, Fighters and the UFC
- Is Jon Jones a Coward for Not Taking the Chael Sonnen Fight?
- Jon Jones Can Never Be the Greatest UFC Fighter of All Time
So it’s safe to say he’s taking a bit of a beating on this one.
Greg Jackson too.
The entire ‘UFC 151 is cancelled / Jon Jones sucks’ press conference care of MMA Fighting.
Bleacher Report has Chael Sonnen’s first comments on Jon Jones ducking him:
“When I decided to go after the light heavyweight championship, I knew that I’d win it like I always do,” Sonnen told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. “I just didn’t know it would be by forfeit. But I do stand before you today the light heavyweight champion.”
“I’m in the same position today as I was yesterday,” Sonnen said. “The fight’s going to happen sooner or later. It’s not like I’m not going to beat this guy up. It’s just a matter of when.”
“This was his biggest opportunity. There’s no question I could beat Jon Jones,” Sonnen said. “Jon Jones can beat me too. But I can beat him. If you ever wanted to stack the deck in his favor, you’d have done it on September 1. You’d have called me out of the blue, switched weight classes on me, put me on a plane to do a press tour, put me everywhere in the world except in the practice room. That was the opportunity he had. I could have beaten him, but he could have beaten me too.
“The next time we meet up, when I’ve had a camp and my coaches around me, that’s not going to be the case. It’s really important to win these fights and the world saw me lose a fight. I fell down. I’m not going to fall down again.”
“Jon Jones is a delusional brat,” Sonnen said. “He talks of being a business man?! What!? What risks did he take? What capital did he raise? Where exactly is his office located? How many people does me employ? Hey JJ, put me on the phone with your secretary… Oh wait, what?”
Sonnen will also be on Sportscenter today at 5:20EST for more entertaining Jones shit-talking.
UFC 151 fights are already starting to be rescheduled. The fight between Jake Ellenberger and Jay Hieron has been moved to October’s UFC on FX: Bigfoot vs Browne show. You can read their thoughts on Jones pulling out here.
Former UFC 151 fighters are griping on twitter about the situation:
Danny Castillo – Who got $50 I can borrow till my next fight?
Jeff Hougland – Wait am I not fighting?? Please say it ain’t so I got bills to pay @ufc ! @JonnyBones Can I at least get one of your new Nike T-shirts? I’ll give it to my kid since I won’t have any money for her school clothes.
Kyle Noke – Im no longer fighting. the whole @ufc 151 card is cancelled. Sorry to all fans who bought flight, hotel, and fight tickets. #heartbroken
Henry Martinez – I train my ass off I sacrifice myself&my family and my fights get canceled and sponsors bullshit me and don’t pay. #UFC151canceled #livid
Abel Trujillo – The news of UFC 151 cancelled is heartbreaking!!! Trying to stay positive that its Gods plan & not mine!!! Jon Jones is selfish For that!!!
Michael Johnson is taking another approach to the news: drowning his sorrows in alcohol.
Jeff Hougland has a similar idea, but his poison of choice is McDonalds.
Wait am I not fighting?? Please say it ain’t so I got bills to pay @ufc ! Until I get a call personally from @ufc then I’m not gonna eat any chicken McNuggets & I assume I’m still fighting on sep 1st!
Wherever/whenever @ufc @seanshelby rebook me I still want the fight with @takeya_miz
twitvid.com/AWEEA – Damn you Bones Jones!
Your average fan reaction. You tell em Steve Day!
Greg Jackson was on Sherdog Radio to talk about his new role as sport killer:
“I was asked if it was smart to take a fight on three days notice, and I didn’t think it’s smart to do that,” Jackson said (thanks to Bloody Elbow for transcribing). “Three days to fight a guy that caliber (of Sonnen) is not a smart thing to do. I’m not trying to ruin the sport or cancel an event. I don’t kno about that stuff, but I thought it wasn’t a wise course of action.”
Jackson said he was confused by White’s words, adding, “I really like Dana and respect him….there is no ill feelings. I’m more confused than anything else. I didn’t know they had (the entire card) riding on one fight. It’s one of those things. As a trainer, I’ll give you my opinion. I’m not a yes man. I do what’s best for my guy.”
Jon Jones walks away from all this in a pretty good spot. He fights Lyoto Machida on a big card in Toronto a few weeks later, so this doesn’t really affect him much financially. Other guys on the UFC 151 card, though…
Charlie Brenneman, who was set to take on Kyle Noke on the prelim portion of the event, took to Twitter to make his complaint. “(Jon Jones) u can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ,” Brenneman wrote. “Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks.”
Chael Sonnen wasn’t the only middleweight willing to step up and face Jon Jones. Chris Weidman is so desperate for a big fight that’ll take him to the next level that he called the UFC and offered his services as well:
“I heard that Dan Henderson was hurt,” Weidman said. “I said, ‘Wow, I’m not getting the shot at 185, let me get Jon Jones, he’s freaking awesome.”
Weidman said he called UFC matchmaker Joe Silva Wednesday night to let him know he would be willing to fight Jones on Sept. 1. He said Silva was “shocked” by his offer because Weidman wasn’t on their radar as a potential opponent for Jones but seemed interested in the idea. Unfortunately, once Jones turned down the fight against Sonnen, Weidman believes he was never really considered.
“I’m not sure it ever got back to [Jones],” he said. “If he’s not taking Chael Sonnen, I’m sure he isn’t going to take me.”
I have my doubts that Jones would have agreed to fight anyone. Everything in his mind seems to be a ‘lose-lose’ situation these days.
Add Joe Lauzon to the list of fighters unimpressed with Jones’ refusal to fight Sonnen:
Not only has this screwed over all the fans that bought tickets, non refundable airfare, took off work, made arrangements, etc… but think of all the fighters. Fighters that put in full camps, flew people in that helped them trains, etc. By the time I am actually fight, I spend close to 20k between corners, flights, expenses, coaches, etc… and then to have the whole show cancelled because ONE guy didn’t want to fight. This ONE guy that had trained an entire camp, who was the CHAMP and at the top of his weight class, who was going to fight someone who didn’t do the camp, and was fighting UP a weight class.
I have always been a big Jon Jones supporter… but I would be FURIOUS if this happenned to me and I was on the card. To call is scorched earth wouldn’t do it justice.
Chris Weidman also stepped up on 11 days notice at the same event to face Demian Maia. So it’s not like the UFC isn’t full of dudes with balls big enough to fight a new opponent on short notice.