In a crazy turn of events, UFC 151 is cancelled.
Dan Henderson got hurt and was forced to pull out of the card on short notice. It is another in a long line of injuries that have plagued the UFC lately.
The UFC had a back-up plan, though. The fight was offered to Chael Sonnen. Sonnen accepted, was flown out to Las Vegas and promos were cut. It seemed as if all systems were a go. The card had been saved.
Jon Jones, though, turned down a fight with Sonnen.
Dana White said Jones refused to fight on eight days notice and the UFC president was angry about it.
According to White, a UFC champion has never refused a fight.
This is a huge embarrassment for the UFC. It’s a setback for the fighting league’s growth, one that will play out on the national stage.
It will hurt fans who had already made plans to view the event. Tickets will have to be refunded. Local hotels will lose money and it’s a lose-lose all around.
For Jones, I guess he made the correct business decision, but in the hearts and minds of fight fans, it won’t matter.
It’s another bit of evidence that gives a peek into Jones’ jurisprudence as a fighter.
It’s not life to him. He doesn’t love fighting; he loves what fighting can bring him. He’s a money guy.
That’s his prerogative, but it’s not what I choose to admire about fighters. I admire the toughness and passion and even the craziness it takes to step into the ring and risk bodily harm.
Jones knew the stakes and refused to fight. That’s weak.
Apparently, Jones will face Lyoto Machida at UFC 152. But will fans be out on him when that fight occurs?
I don’t like my fighters to be, to quote Cam Newton, “an entertainer/icon.” I like fighters who like to fight.
Jones is not that.