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All the Jon Jones love in the MMA community drives me nuts. The guy is clearly a very gifted athlete, has an excellent wrestling base, is a quick study and has awesome physical tools, but the guy strikes me as a tool. (Although part of his success is his ability to cut weight. He is a natural heavyweight, and that is what he should really be fighting as.) He reminds me of a Hollywood star who got too much success too early. Who knows if he was a tool at baseline.
Anyway, here is the occasion for this rant. UFC 151, Jones vs. Dan Henderson, has been cancelled (read the comments) due to Henderson sustaining a knee injury. The problem for Jones’ rep is that he was offered Chael Sonnen, a middleweight (natural light heavy), and turned it down. A whole card had to be cancelled, unprecedented in UFC history, because Jones wouldn’t sack up and fight a significantly smaller man. Now he is going to fight Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 instead. I hope Machida kicks him upside his prima donna head, and I bet 99% of the rest of the MMA world is going to feel the same way. This has likely done irreputable harm to Jones’ reputation and rightly so.
BTW, notice that Dana White, who has absolutely no filter, is totally throwing Jon Jones under the bus.
Update: White is punking Jones in the newly updated release:
With Henderson out, White tried to salvage the event before making the decision to pull the plug on the 11 fight card, with one particular loquacious contender willing to step up and take the bout with the youngest champion in UFC history.
“One of the things you’ve heard me brag about a million times is how UFC doesn’t have to cancel events and that we can always find a replacement,” he said. “For somebody to fight Jon Jones on eight days’ notice is tough to do. But to be totally honest, one guy did. Not only when I called him did he say I’ll take the fight, he said I’ll fly to Las Vegas tonight and fight him. And that was Chael Sonnen. Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones, wanted the fight bad, so as of eight, nine o’clock last night, we had a fight. We started working, started creating commercials, PR started getting ready to crank up, but the one thing that I never thought in a million years would happen happened. Jon Jones said I’m not fighting Chael Sonnen with eight days notice.”
If the fight was going to happen, it would have been Sonnen’s first at 205 pounds in the UFC since 2005, but that didn’t deter the self-proclaimed “Gangster from West Linn,” who has poking at Jones on Twitter since moving back to light heavyweight.
“These guys have been talking smack back and forth to each other and I thought it was a fight that people would be interested in, and Chael was the guy who accepted it,” said White. “And Chael was pumped and excited for this fight. In the heat of the moment, when things are going down, this is the guy that you pick up the phone and call, and he will fight anybody.”