To the surprise and chagrin of MMA and UFC fans the world over, UFC 151 has been cancelled. Champion Jon Jones was set to defend his title against Dan Henderson but, Henderson dropped out with an MCL injury. That’s when, as Dana White told foxsports.com, “we did what we do” as he explained that the UFC offices hurried to try find a replacement fighter for Jon Jones. Everyone declined to fight Jon Jones on 8 days notice except for Chael Sonnen. Sonnen was willing to go up a division in order to make the fight happen.
That’s when a funny thing happened. Jon Jones dropped out of the fight. The UFC didn’t see that one coming.
There has never been a cancelled UFC event . . . until now. Nobody is more upset about this than the UFC biggest fan, and it’s commissioner, Dana White. The commissioner ripped Jones in a recent foxsports.com interview calling Jon Jones, of all things, a sport killer. To be specific he called him a “f****** sport killer.”
Jon you’re not a sport killer. In fact your meteoric rise to champion did more for the UFC than the “damage” that this drop out may have done. It’s not your fault that the other fights on the card were pretty weak. Why would it be? It’s not your job to organize the cards. I think that’s Dana’s job.
Now you’re getting killed on twitter and in the media and it’s not even fair. Why would people expect you to take a no-win fight? Yeah I said it. If you beat Sonnen, he only had 8 days notice to fight you, and if you lose to him you’re not the champ anymore. You had everything to lose and nothing to gain in that exchange. Chael Sonnen can call you “a brat” if he wants to. It doesn’t change the fact that this was a pointless fight. Did Chael and Dana expect you to fight just to fight?
Here’s some realism. Sometimes fighters, have different reasons for fighting. Could it be Jon that you wanted to take fights that advanced your career? This fight does nothing for your career and puts you in a position to take unnecessary hits and for what exactly. To save a poorly planned card?
Fighters have to worry about what’s best for them, their families, and their careers.
Now the fans have turned on you. That’s what they do. They don’t understand the ins and outs of things. They don’t know what you were thinking or what caused you to come to your decision. Now the’ll root against you. They’ll leave your bandwagon for Chael’s while they pretend you did nothing good for the sport. They’ll eat up Sonnen’s childish character assassinations.
You’re not a sport killer Jon. Not even close.
Do your thing. Win. Keep winning and you’ll have supporters. Be humble but, keep winning. That’s the only thing you can do.