POLL: Who do you consider responsible for the cancellation of UFC 151?

Posted on August 27, 2012, 06:53 AM by Anton Gurevich
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Three days after Dana White's shocking announcement, Mixed Martial Arts community is still boiling over the decision to cancel UFC 151 fight card in Las Vegas, Nevada. Who's to blame for UFC 151 no show? Dana White, Jon Jones, or maybe Chael Sonnen's trash talk that perhaps prevented from the champ to accept the fight. Make your vote!

  1. 1. Dana White
  2. 2. Jon Jones
  3. 3. Dan Henderson
  4. 4. Chael Sonnen
  5. 5. Other

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  • Evan Holober
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    I believe White is ultimately responsible for cancelling for cancelling the card, but I clicked Hendo for concealing his injury for three weeks. IMO Jones takes the fight with anybody if he has a month to prepare.



    Although I don't fault him too much for trying to gut through it, and not want to give Jackson any weakness to train for.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • highlife
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    highlife I agree ,Hendo should have said earlier and the fact He didn't makes me wonder if Him and Chael had an idea what may happen.

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  • highkick12
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    Good point

    Reply 2 years ago
  • UnderdogGreatness
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    There is plenty of blame to go around.



    45% Of the blame should go to Hendo for not letting the UFC know a lot sooner.

    50% Should go to Dana for being, well, Dana.

    5% For Jon Jones.



    Well said, HE

    Reply 2 years ago
  • UnderdogGreatness
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    Damn, I forgot about Chael "The Fraud" Sonnen.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • Spyridon
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    Henderson knew about the injury for weeks but waited until the last minute to drop out, which wouldn't have been so bad if he at least let the UFC know he "may" need to drop out when the injury happened. Even more disturbing with Sonnens actions in consideration, it's obvious the reason he didn't say nothing about the injury because they were trying to get Sonnen to be the replacement. Way too much of a coincidence.



    Dana and the UFC put on a crappy card outside of the main event, so they don't have any room to speak either. Plus he puts his foot in his own mouth by saying Sonnen is far from a fight just days before he trys to put him in the fight.



    Jones became the first champ to turn down a replacement, which does nothing good for him in anyones eyes, although I'm not sure a champion was ever asked to take a new opponent on only 8 days notice before...



    Funny but I consider Jones the LEAST responsible, since his mistake came after everyone elses. Apparently the masses think otherwise...



    But one thing is for sure. Dana is going to get PAID on Jones next fight now that everyones blaming Jones! Well played...

    Reply 2 years ago
  • highkick12
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    I agree

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  • Evan Holober
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    Tito refused to fight Liddell. BJ refused to defend the WW title. Jens Pulver was stripped. Anderson refused to fight both Hendo and Nate Marquardt in 2009.



    Champs in the UFC (and out) have refused title fights before.

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  • David Saucier
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    Like most things in life its one of those combination things all 3 guys played a roll being Dana, Jones, and Henderson. But the guy the canceled the card was Dana White, and the reason why he wouldnt of made as much money. All of those other fighters could of gotten paid, but I guess it wasnt worth it to Dana in the profit margins to hold the event.

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  • highkick12
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    Well said

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  • HunterB
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    Screw that look at the big picture here, Evan.... I clicked other. Someone had said in an earlier article that it was Nick Diaz's fault... I totally agree with this statement.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • KeithFarrell
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    Hendo admitted on the MMAHour today that it was his fault the card fell through due to him holding back the information on his injury.



    He said as much as he dislikes Jones, Jon is not to blame.

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  • azzkika
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    This poll shows what an ignorant portion of readers are the majority.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • Ringo
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    I held Brett Rogers responsible for the cancellation of UFC 151

    Reply 2 years ago
  • Evan Holober
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    Good point. Nick Diaz ruins everything. Especially the events he's not a part of. Nick Diaz is the devil (Waterboy mom voice)

    Reply 2 years ago
  • TheRealDeal
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    Hendo was initially "responsible", but it's not his "fault". He also would have no idea that the entire card would be cancelled because if his injury. White made a business decision, period, get over it.



    Jones certainly did not make things any easier, but the UFC allows fighters to make these choices, so let's call it a "group effort".



    This is what happens when you cram too many events in one year. Fighters get hurt, cards, suffer, fans complain.



    Not sure why Sonnen is even on this list. He's simply trying to bring the WWE and all its drama to the UFC, and it's working.



    Time to move on and get over it. The next event is right around the corner.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • purinho
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    And for some strange reason, inteligent comments like this get weaked.

    Probably by a trud, that thinks it's Sonnen's fault.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • Stevo73
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    there is plenty of blame to go around. white could have done more to put a better fight card together for one. that would have helped. hendo coming out sooner rather than later about his knee injury. also jones for not stepping up to save the event by figthing someone else. a couple of guys showed interest and he said no to one of them. a champion should never turn down a fight. jones is a chump! dana is a dumb ass for putting such a lowsy card together.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • Cookie77
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    It's Hendos FAULT clear and simple... No I was kidding it's Dana Whites fault he is the boss if the card was a little better put together I'm sure the Co main event would have been bumped up to take it's place. To be honest I don't even know who the co main event was that just goes to show that it was forgettable. Incidentally who was the co main event?

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  • Evan Holober
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    Hieron vs. Ellenberger

    Reply 2 years ago
  • Cookie77
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    Yikes!!! I guess the cancellation is a good thing.. No offense to both Hieron and Ellenberger BUT that's not a main even worthy match up.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • saulgood
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    Everybody knows it was Obamas fault.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • x murderer
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    the people who cancel it are responsable for canceling it. jones had the right to not take the fight. this is a sport not a childish game about honor.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • mattystorm1987
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    who the hell voted for chael n y..? what a ****in pelican

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  • duder113
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    you could argue Hendo for conceiling the injury, the main culprit is naturally the organizer.

    What is Jones doing on top here?????

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  • purinho
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    Not a Jones fan, but to blame him for the cancellation is simply stupid, and everyone that voted Jones, made their vote based on emotion, not logic.

    First, Dana should be asked why he offered Sonnen a fight, after what he said days ago.

    Second, Hendo should respond why he was hiding the injury until the last moment and than say he is willing to fight injured, but at the end didn't.

    Third, Dana is a prick to blame a fighter, a champion, for not accepting a fight on a few days notice, it's simply not professional and he is the one to tell how this guys are professional bla bla bla and than acts like a third league organization president. He has done a lot for the sport, but he is a duche, that will never accept criticism and take responsability. Even with the title bout, this woulsd be a weak card.

    Fourth, Jones should just shut up, and not make excuses and should , it's not doing any good.

    I know that everything that I wrote has been said before, but I had to let it of my chest.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • purinho
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    Made some typos and strange sentences, but there is some fine weed in town.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • odesahitman
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    Purinho,



    If you couldn't type because you had done 12 rounds on the heavy bag that could be worth mentioning.



    Drugs are for mugs.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • purinho
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    Yap, like the Diaz bros.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • purinho
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    I realize that this is a sports site, and I should't mention drugs, but with all the TRT's and steroids, weed is a pretty light one.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • odesahitman
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    @Purinho,



    Thanks for creating a reasonable position to discuss. Some people like the Diaz brothers can get away with it, but for many young people, cannabis doesn't help them develop a clean, healthy disciplined life, it leads to other excesses which inevitably leave them spectators rather than practitioners of martial arts...



    I took exception to the promotion of cannabis as for a young, uneducated mind, it is comments such as the one you made which can completely change the course of a young persons life.



    From a medical perspective TRT taken in relation to a Doctors advice is meant to support an aging athlete - although cannabis is good for some people, it's medically proven to be devestating on the mental health of people with a family history of mental health issues etc... Also cannabis is a gateway drug, whereas TRT under Doctors supervision isn't likely to lead to the use of crack etc...



    I understand that part of the position I am taking may be argumentative, I would ask you to consider the bigger picture, rather than the small details in this instance.



    Best wishes

    Odesa

    Reply 2 years ago
  • duder113
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    don't worry so much about them gates, they got keepers....

    and also research that tells them:

    A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1746-1561.2012.00712.x/abstract)

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  • duder113
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    in education mode now (I'm on a mission to civilize;)) :

    http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/29/marijuna-as-a-gateway-drug-the-myth-that-will-not-die/

    correlation isn’t cause. Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members are probably more 104 times more likely to have ridden a bicycle as a kid than those who don’t become Hell’s Angels, but that doesn’t mean that riding a two-wheeler is a “gateway” to joining a motorcycle gang. It simply means that most people ride bikes and the kind of people who don’t are highly unlikely to ever ride a motorcycle.



    Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/29/marijuna-as-a-gateway-drug-the-myth-that-will-not-die/#ixzz256onE0qq

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  • odesahitman
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    I'm nominating Dana White,



    I'm not sure any business would willingly lose large sums of money without an ulterior motive.

    Reply 2 years ago
  • ak4742011542
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    so wierd yesterrdya i was thinkin about if they had this poll made who every1 would pick def dana white and ufc for me

    Reply 2 years ago
  • Spyridon
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    Yeah, too bad people are crazy lol

    Reply 2 years ago
  • ak4742011542
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    u cant blame the champ for tuning down chael....if anderson wont fight jones or weidman on a full trainging camp let alone 8 days

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  • cyren16
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    At the end of it all it is the promotions fault for trying to get through with one big fight. As an MMA fan I understand how important the other fights are since they involve up and comers and weight class standings. However Dan Henderson DID NOT have to sit on his injury for so long. There might have been enough time so salvage the fight card.



    I understand because Jones is the champ that he gets all the blame. Which is why they say "It's lonely at the top", however I really dont think Dan wanted to get his ass handed to him like every single one on Jones' previous opponents. Its not like Jones' fought a bunch of chumps on his way up.

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  • Entity
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    Fair or not. Jones will win this. I think most people are still seeing Jones' full camp, him needing to take on who the UFC says to take on. The 2 fighters originally were very close in style. While everyone was quick to say Sonnen fought like a girl yet wont face him and being from a lighter weight class.

    Cant say Im unpleased with Vitor. I think Vitor brings totally different dynamics to this fight. I still wonder what would have happened if Anderson didnt land that well placed front kick.

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  • Entity
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    weak all you want children but I am right and Jones is winning this poll. Argue that dbags

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  • Spyridon
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    I didn't vote weak for you (your entitled to your opinion), but you should know better than to use the masses as a basis for your argument... it's been well documented that the masses are idiots =)

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  • Entity
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    To me this one is pretty clear. If the masses step outside and all see the sun, I'll accept they saw the sun.

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  • highkick12
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    Im blown away by the comments. Hardly any blaming Jones. Its no surprise he got the most votes for being to blame though cause haters have no problem picking him but they run in to issues writing down a good explanation which would make sense for the lack of comments on it being Jons fault.

    He didnt cancel the card (Dana)

    He didnt hide an obviously bad injury (Dan)

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  • Entity
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    It all depends on your biews and how you think a champ should go at the fight game. You've been all over Jones nuts from the second you heard about it, so naturally I expect this bias opinion from you.

    If you think a champ with a full training camp should step up to anyone they offer him, then they would naturally disagree with you.

    Here we were a week ago saying no-one can even come close to beating him, then see Jackson and Bones back away afraid its the biggest make he could make, then that tells me, hes not as badass as everyone thinks. So keep pushing and thinking like you do.

    Dana would have to replace the entire main event and thats not what people paid for. If he only had to replace one fighter, he might have kept it going. At this point none of it matters anymore.

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  • Brasil
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    Dana for sure....they try to sell a full card based on a single good fight....this will not happen anymore so i guess this cancelation will be good in the long run for the fans....

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  • Brasil
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    Also Dana is probably cooking something...probably selling another portion of the event so a super low ppv number would damage the valuation of the company....far fetched i know but that could be the rationale for such an agressive move by Dana and the Bros.

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  • Spyridon
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    You know how much more the Jones fight is going to sell now that Dana blamed it on him?



    People want to see him lose now. Watch his numbers be way better than the Jones/Machida fight was.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    The UFC used to be about selling PPVs, giving the right contenders the title shots, putting on mostly good cards for the fans in the past, but now it has gotten to the point where the UFC is ALL about selling PPVs, very sad but true. Unfortunately for the fans, It's has gotten a lot closer to the WWE than we could ever imagine. After the Chael Sonnen and UFC 151 fiasco, Dana White and the UFC have lost their Credibility in my humble opinion. : (

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  • purinho
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    Giving any man, especially, if the first choosen to get a shot is a middleweight that lost his last, completely disvalidates the belt. Like you said, it became all about salling PPV's.

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  • Spyridon
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    That is sadly true. Dana is so gung-ho in trying to spread MMA to the masses that he's spreading things so thin that dropping out of a fight is a major issue.



    I'm all for spreading MMA, but theres a fine line between productive and counter-productive.

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  • cranestyle
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    Easy way to answer this. Imagine anyone other than Dana telling the UFC to pull the plug. Never happen.

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  • MMAeveryDay
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    Why are we still talking about this? NEXT!

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  • toxic
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    dana fukked it up all the way by relying only on the main card event...

    then putting the blame on the LHW champion for not fighting a clown who isnt even ranked in LHW...

    pretty stupid shit...

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  • shin2chin
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    dana white is just a **** hes the 1 responsible but hes a finger pointing man that try to blame it on jj an his camp. hendo an chael obviously had thier lil plan that didnt work wateva they were trying to do jj is only gana make vitor a dummy to what he was going to do to hendo an what he will do to queerr sonnen feel sorry for vitor already lol ohwell

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  • Spyridon
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    Honestly, he's probably not even that pissed at Jones. I've heard him rant way worse when he was really pissed at other people. If he wanted he could have stripped the belt. Even in interviews Dana shifted the blame towards Jackson rather than staying on Jones.



    He's a finger pointing man, not because he doesnt want to admit his wrong, but because that's in his best interest when hes trying to sell a fight (which is all he cares about).



    Why would he give a damn if the people who look at the facts see hes the blame, when the poll results here show that the majority dont even pay enough attention to hear the facts. That's why Jones is winning the poll but has relatively low negativity in the comments - most people don't get past the article title.

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  • IChokePeople
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    @ all of the above;



    REALLY?!?!?!? The only person responsible for canceling this event is Dana White. He is the one who allowed a card to be put together that couldn't survive the loss of the main event and he is the one who ultimately cancelled it when the main event fell through. How anyone could place ANY blame on anyone else is well beyond my ability for suspending thought and logic.

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  • Entity
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    The only way they could have saved it was to totally replace both fighters in the main event, since Jones wouldnt fight anyone.

    That being said, I understand where you're coming from. I dont think now, after all is in the open, that blame can be placed only in one spot.

    But since you cant click more than one, use the force.

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  • Krogan
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    How could anyone but White be responsible? Main events are canceled all the time without it canceling out the entire card. It was UFC's choice to cancel.

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  • whitey
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    I'm going with Dana on this one. On more than one occasion previously the main event got scrapped and the co-main event stepped in. While this situation isn't ideal it's the UFC's responsibility to make sure the show goes on.



    In this case the card surrounding this fight was so weak the UFC felt like they had to cancel the show. In my opinion the UFC is doing too much too fast, a bit of over saturation which in the end will be negative for them. If they put on a couple less cards a year they could offer more start power per card and in this case no cancellation would have been necessary.

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  • ufcmmafan4life
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    well thats pretty much a no brainer u don't have to einstein to figure that one out it was none other and the one and only jon (no balls) bones

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