White: Jones a good guy, we had a great talk

by Matt Erickson | source: mmajunkie.com
 

UFC President Dana White and Jon Jones were at odds after Jones turned down a late hour substitution of Chael Sonnen for an injured Dan Henderson at UFC 151, which was subsequently cancelled.

So White and Jones sat down in Toronto to hash things out. Though White didn't reveal specifics, he appears to be satisfied with the results.

"We had a great talk (Friday)," White told a small group of reporters following the post-event news conference for UFC 152. "I'm not going to talk about anything that we talked about yesterday – we both kind of shook hands as men and made a couple agreements to each other that I will keep, and hopefully he'll keep his, and we'll have a great relationship."

"Jon's made some mistakes. He has. And now it's time for him to fix them. He's going to be around for a long time. He's not going anywhere unless he does it to himself. Driving while intoxicated is a big mistake, the way the whole thing went down with UFC 151, and then whatever the reason is that fans are negative toward him as it is, calling him fake or phony or whatever."

"As Jon continues to win more fights, continues to feel comfortable with who he really is, I think he'll get better all around – publicly, his image, his fighting. There's times he just feels he's not comfortable with who he is as a fighter – and he really is a good guy. He's not a bad guy. And you know me. If things go south and I don't see eye to eye and things aren't really right, I'll let you know."

White also said, tongue in cheek, that things did not go as smoothly with Jon Jones' mom!

“It was actually when Mrs. Jones got a hold of me – that was the problem," said White. "Her and I spoke [Saturday] evening and that was more unpleasant than the talk I had with Jon Jones yesterday.

“Momma Jones, yes. You can just imagine what Momma Jones had to say to me. The Jon Jones conversation was much better.”

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Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku site profile image  

9/23/12 11:33 AM by Orcus Knows MMA Better Than Goku

 he did seem a lot more humble with his post-fight speech..almost timid...whcih is what i recall him actually acting like prior to becoming champion

SamboMMA site profile image  

9/23/12 11:31 AM by SamboMMA

Admit his role in 151? Admit his mistakes in handling this situation?

A Flock Of Seagals site profile image  

9/23/12 9:57 AM by A Flock Of Seagals

Jones controls everyones emotions. It's amazing.

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

9/23/12 9:54 AM by duckhuntgangsta

There is some mad hate going on in here. What the hell do you want Dana to say? There is nothing negative about this story.

TheMorg826 site profile image  

9/23/12 9:24 AM by TheMorg826

Whew ok- we are allowed to like Jones again.

officedrone23 site profile image  

9/23/12 9:11 AM by officedrone23

Nice passive aggressive jabs, moments after saying he wouldn't get into specifics. As a fan I like Dana. I would never want to deal with him as a boss. While I agree with his reaction to the 151 cancellation, I don't think it should have been cancelled. He dumped hard on Jones and he sounds silly saying they shook hands and talked it out now.

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9/23/12 9:05 AM by GVM sports management

jones is smooth. knows what to say

ssj site profile image  

9/23/12 8:26 AM by ssj

"Jon's made some mistakes. He has. And now it's time for him to fix them. He's going to be around for a long time. He's not going anywhere unless he does it to himself. Driving while intoxicated is a big mistake, the way the whole thing went down with UFC 151, and then whatever the reason is that fans are negative toward him as it is, calling him fake or phony or whatever."Solid jabs to jbj

atlantis_ninjah site profile image  

9/23/12 8:23 AM by atlantis_ninjah

What a joke. This is why Dana is such a slimey genius, mixing in the DUI with the cancelation. Jones said at the pre fight press conferance that it was a good thing to let other fighters know their rights that they can turn down short notice fights. Dana would have been horrified by that comment if he was there but it was just the canadian guy there. thats exactly what he doesnt want. Jones is so fake he wouldnt have said it if dana was there too.

Glovegate site profile image  

9/23/12 7:32 AM by Glovegate

I think he meant to say "Lorenzo and I had talk".