For the first time in UFC history, an event has been cancelled. UFC President Dana White made the announcement on a media call this morning.
It started with an injury to Dan Henderson, who tore his MCL (medial collateral ligament) and had to bow out of the fight. The UFC offered Jones a replacement in the form of Chael Sonnen who has been waiting in the wings to move up from Middleweight for a shot at Jones. The Light Heavyweight Champion turned the fight down.
Jon Jones will still be fighting in September. The regning UFC Light Heavyweight champ will step inside the Octagon to face Lyoto Machida on September 22nd, at UFC 152. It is fighting a new opponent on short notice that prevented Jon Jones from competing on September 1st.
UFC 152 will be rebranded as UFC 151.
According to White: “Its in his head that he didn’t prepare for this fight. I am f&#*ing pissed! This is the first fight cancelled in UFC history and Jones is the first champion to turn down a fight”
White claims that Jones’ trainer, Gregg Jackson, told the 205 pound Champ: “There’s no way you take this fight on 8 days notice, it would be the biggest mistake of your career.” White went on to say: “I literally just bumped into Gregg Jackson the other day, this guy is a f&#*ing sport killer, I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire life. This guy is from another planet. This guy is a f&#*ing weirdo who needs to be interviewed by a psychiatrist. If Jones were a real businessman we wouldn’t be having this call. This decision is not going to make Jones popular with anybody.”
White was referring to the lost revenue spent on the promotion, potential cable revenues and fighters on the undercard invested in this card as well as the salaries they will lose as a result.
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