Dana White: False that Jones didn't know about UFC 151 cancellation

by Tom Ngo | source: 5thround.com

During Thursday’s UFC 152 pre-fight press conference, which UFC President Dana White wasn’t able to attend, Jon Jones stated the organization never informed him they were going to cancel UFC 151 if he declined a last-second fight against Chael Sonnen to salvage the September 1st event.

“I really don’t know,” Jones said after taking seven long seconds contemplating the question. “I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference if they had told me. But they didn’t tell me that they were going to cancel the fight.”

White informed FUEL TV that Jones knew exactly what was going to happen if he shunned Sonnen.

“I’m glad he said some things,” said White. “I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. It was false that he didn’t know that UFC 151 would be canceled if he didn’t take the fight. I told him it would.

“I think he’s acting like he’s taking it all very lightly. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed. There was a lot of collateral damage from the fallout. He needs to take it seriously. There’s been a lot of fans turn on him.”

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The two met after today's weigh ins, and according to multiple reports, the conversation went well, giving hope that the relationship between the sport's most powerful figure and what is destined to be its biggest star can move forward positively. Whether fans come around to Jones remains to be seen. The boos and chants of "Jon Jones sucks" at the weigh ins, indicate that that may take a while longer.

Jones listened carefully to the cat calls at the weigh ins, and moved his thumb down and up in response. Floyd Mayweather Jr has said he doesn't care if the fans love him or hate him, as the price of a PPV is the same. But Jones appears cut from a kinder cloth, and is clearly reaching out to the fans with his side of the story.

Some of the most financially successful fighters in history, from The Great John L. Sullivan, to Jack Dempsey, to Muhammad Ali have suffered periods of extraordinary unpopularity, but given the young state of MMA, and that its existence was so tenuous for so long, it would be good for all if the light heavyweight champion could once again regain fan celebration.

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KZTT_FawkingxD site profile image  

9/22/12 11:58 AM by KZTT_FawkingxD


MITman2k site profile image  

9/22/12 11:48 AM by MITman2k

Maybe a 'cease fire'  would be the best business sense for both sides going forward(i.e. if jones wins tonight). Meaning regardless of who's at fault for the cancellation they both just say "I've already said what I've had to say on the matter and am moving on" or in Dana-speak "I'm tired of *expletive* tired of talking about 152. I've said *expletive* everything that I *expletive*have to say about it, and if you don't like it, you can *vulgar unprintable phrase"  

Neil Funk site profile image  

9/22/12 11:40 AM by Neil Funk

Dana's full of shit here. Given his penchant for childish, immature rants, there would have been a lot more swearing and anger had he really told Jones that the event was canceled. Don't believe his bullshit for a split second.

StratTone site profile image  

9/22/12 11:14 AM by StratTone

Exactly. Jones shows pretty clearly that he wants to be liked and his actions and online replies to statements made are showing his disdain. I will agree that he has been vey mentally strong for quiet some time but my feelings are that they are at there weakest for this fight. Knowing you are about to go fight for your employers that are not happy with you and seeing your fan base turn as well can't Be easy.

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9/22/12 11:09 AM by StratTone

<blockquote>Chiron - <blockquote>RangerDanger - <br /><br />I just wonder if this spat will affect Jones' mental game. I also wonder what it's going to be like for him when the whole stadium boos. If he knocks out Vitor everyone will cheer for him again, but I'm positive the whole place will boo him during the walkout. <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/><br /><br /><br /></blockquote><br />You think so? I don't think he's going to win back all the fans he lost no matter how spectacular the victory is. I don't think he'll win back even a majority of them.</blockquote><br /> <br /><br />Totally agree. Jones has the platform to be huge but rubs many of us the wrong way. Along the way he has even gotten worse and while I don't like the heal role many play, I do agree that his best option at this point, is to embrace such a role if he wants his stock to rise.

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9/22/12 8:40 AM by SamboMMA

I'm beyond the point of caring at this stage. Both of them have slagged each other publicly. They should both show some maturity, accept their role in the 151 debacle and settle this nonsense privately like grown men. Not like two spoiled brats throwing temper tantrums because they didn't get their way.

toovie site profile image  

9/22/12 1:45 AM by toovie

He will have his ipod on im sure it wont effect him he is used to it

Radio Raheem site profile image  

9/22/12 1:41 AM by Radio Raheem

  This makes me LOL everytime. 

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9/22/12 1:38 AM by slamming

Dana will make jones fold like a deck of cards.

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9/22/12 1:38 AM by Alpha World Peace

This. Jon Jones honestly couldn't make himself look like a bigger piece of shit if he tried. And he's not smart enough to be trying.