Well it appears the rapport between Dana White and Jon Jones hasn’t been reconciled yet. Jon Jones said at the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference that White and the UFC didn’t tell him that the UFC 151 card would be cancelled if he didn’t fight the replacement in Chael Sonnen. White responded earlier this week with his rebuttal via Fuel TV.
“I’m actually glad that he did say that. I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. So today we’re going to be face-to-face and we’ll see what he says and he doesn’t say. Because the fact that he said he didn’t know the show would be canceled is false. I did tell him the show would be cancelled.”
This is very interesting because it appears Jones lied at the UFC 152 pre-fight press conference. White said that he did indeed made it aware to Jones that his actions would have consequences and said he has yet to meet with Jones face-to-face. The consequences for angering the UFC have never been good, and it never helps when the fighter is a UFC champion. It is better to play ball with the UFC brass because they have the ability to make and break any fighter in this business.
White went on to say, “I think he takes this thing, or is acting like he’s taking it, lightly, which he shouldn’t be. The fact that the fight was canceled isn’t a joke. It’s not funny. A lot of people were affected by it. There was a lot of collateral damage that happened with the canceling of the show. We’ll see how this goes. I think he needs to take this a little more serious than he is. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed or whatever his deal is… I’ll never get the brand thing. That whole thing doesn’t resonate with me.”
Maybe Jones has to take this situation more serious than he has been. He is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC right now, and it wold behoove him to repair any collateral damage that he has done with White and the UFC. I’m sure that after his UfC 152 performance all things will be good from both parties, and they both can move on from this experience. Maybe this will only make their relationship stronger, and they can both continue to help promote and build this sport into something great.