UFC 151 cancelled; complete media call audio and recap

by Chris Palmquist | source: mmafighting.com
 

Today, the UFC held a special last minute press conference. Minute by minute details are provided:

2:00 PM: We are still waiting for additional participants to arrive. Will start shortly...

2:02 PM: One of my all-time lows being the UFC President. The event is cancelled!

2:03 PM: Chael Sonnen accepted fight with Jon Jones and agreed to come to Vegas today.

2:04 PM: Jon Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen. Saturday, September 22nd, Jon Jones will fight Lyoto Machida.

2:06 PM: Dana White says that Greg Jackson suggested that Jon Jones not take the fight and it would be the biggest mistake of his career.

2:07 PM: Dana White says Greg Jackson is a sport killer.

2:08 PM: Dan Henderson has a torn MCL and he is not sure when he'll be able to return.

2:10 PM: Future events will be renamed accordingly, so UFC 151 will be the September 22nd event and so on.

2:10 PM: Greg Jackson absolutely influenced Jones not to take the fight.

2:12 PM: With only eight days notice, this was the only decision available with Jones unwilling to fight Chael Sonnen.

2:14 PM: Dana White is unsure how the undercard will fall out. He is not sure if the bouts will just be moved or changed, etc.

2:14 PM: Henderson started trying to get in touch with Dana White Sunday, but was trying to tough it out. The UFC flew Henderson to Las Vegas to see a physician. He had limited lateral movement, and fighting through it was not an option.

2:20 PM: We still have big things going on. Jones vs. Machida will be the main event over the intended billing of a bantamweight title fight. It's always the way the UFC does business, the heavier the fighters, the higher billing.

2:21 PM: Me and Lorenzo are f---in disgusted.

2:22 PM: The Chael Sonnen fight didn't make sense as far as a title fight, but I knew people would be interested. Dana White: Tell Jon Jones there won't be any spinning back fists in this fight, Chael Sonnen only falls down once. I don't why a guy who's a world champion and considered one of the pound for pound bests would fight.

2:24 PM: All the marketing has been spent. The prelims were on FX. We have billboards in Times Square. This is a massive, massive financial hit.

2:26 PM: Being a fight promoter, you can't make someone fight. I can't absoluetly tell someone they are fighting. Your either a fighter or not.

2:28 PM: If Jon Jones doesn't fight Machida, we'll have another media call today, and it won't be good. Jon Jones is expected to return the bout agreement for Machida fight today.

2:29 PM: I have a roster full of guys that would fight at the drop of the hat. Those are the guys I respect, those are the guys that built this company.

2:34 PM: White: Good for Jon Jones. He is rich and doesnt' need the money, but what about the other guys on the card. This is how they feed their families. They need this.

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Recent Comments »

marcone site profile image  

8/24/12 6:19 PM by marcone

Just 100% selfish, I have yet to hear a legitimate defense of this bullshit by Jones

Mica Kizbig site profile image  

8/24/12 11:06 AM by Mica Kizbig

This is my take on it as well.

ChucoV site profile image  

8/24/12 9:48 AM by ChucoV

  Joe Silva, take notes!

mikethecricket site profile image  

8/24/12 8:44 AM by mikethecricket

'lil help..If Machida was set all along to fight the winner of JJ/Hendo, that would give the winner of JJ/Hendo only about a month turnaround after the fight. Is that right? I also still don't understand why Machida was not expected to fight JJ a month sooner than he expected, as others were stepping upon no notice. Why no pressure on Machida to fight this weekend?

Atkinson site profile image  

8/24/12 8:33 AM by Atkinson

True too

Atkinson site profile image  

8/24/12 8:32 AM by Atkinson

Cha-Ching!!

ukfan site profile image  

8/24/12 7:59 AM by ukfan

Maybe Jones should have that talk with Seagal now?

tomp6581 site profile image  

8/24/12 6:57 AM by tomp6581

The main thing to consider here is that the event was cancelled because of an injury to the main event. The rest of the card was so shitty the powers that be didn't feel they could charge for it.This is the first time an event has been cancelled, but it isn't the first time a fighter has pulled out of a main event - canceling the fight.John Jones was responsible for you not seeing Jones v Sonnen, Dana is responsible for canceling the event. If he has a stacked card, he wouldn't have ha too.

chaplinshouse site profile image  

8/24/12 2:16 AM by chaplinshouse

 My favorite thing is Jones' reasoning.  Sure, he's watched Chael many times, but he hasn't STUDIED him as an upcoming opponent and that would be risky.  Afterall, he's spent his whole camp training for a middleweight wrestler with a bomb overhand right.  So you want to spring a DIFFERENT middleweight wrestler with LESS of a bomb on just EIGHT DAYS NOTICE (or 3 days if you ask the confused Jackson)?  Is you crazy Grady?  I mean Jesus Christ they're even both white guys with short brown hair.  He wants to cite wisdom in prep time.  How about Chael's prep time?  He wasn't even in a fucking CAMP dummy.  Him and the supposed genius Greg Jackson/WinkleJohn, between the 3 of them, couldn't figure out what an advanatage he'd have??  Now THAT is having no business savvy, confidence in your guy, or yourself. Real round table of genius over there  

Forward site profile image  

8/24/12 1:21 AM by Forward

This guy Jon Jones should actually be a HEAVYWEIGHT, but he does not want to fight A.Silva nor a guy name Chael Sonnen, both guy at 185lbs should be very light for him. His reason why he doesn't want to fight is because he loves A.Siva and some guy Chael Sonnen is too crazy for him to take a chance and is a threat. So for those reasons, we should all understand and respect why he doesn't want to fight them, no? Ok that's fine, How a bout a fight with this guy.. Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos then ?