At the time, it was fascinating, if not surprising, to watch how quickly and utterly widespread the vitriol grew. However, a fellow champion, UFC lightweight king Benson Henderson, was one of the few men to immediately stand behind Jones and defend him.
Even now, Henderson can't believe how few joined his side.
"Jones definitely got a raw deal," he emphasized last week after throwing out the first pitch at a Diamondbacks game. "All of the onus, all of it, was put on his shoulders. Everything. What about the co-main event? What about bringing in other guys? What about the guys getting injured? There was a lot. To place everything on his shoulders, I think, was very unfair. He's fully within his rights to turn down a fight.
"Would he have won? Yeah, he probably would have won. Would it have been a smart decision to make? No, probably not. So I definitely felt bad for him."
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