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UFC 151 has vanished:
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UFC 152 on September 22 will remain named UFC 152. UFC 151 will simply not happen.

When Jon Jones and his coach Greg Jackson turned down a light heavyweight title fight against Chael Sonnen, following Dan Henderson's withdrawal from the fight with a knee injury, an incensed UFC President Dana White called the decision 'disgusting and selfish'.

The sentiment was echoed by a number figured in the MMA community. The feelings were heightened because Jones himself appeared on The Abe Kanan Show in August 18 and was pressed about Sonnen as a potential opponent.

Kanan: "Why not just take the fight, do it and make a lot of money?"

Jones: "I totally agree and I'm not sitting here saying that I wouldn't take the fight, I would take the fight in a heartbeat."

When the heartbeat decision to fight the offered not-in-prime-shape Middleweight came up, he declined. The argument that he did not have adequate time to train for Sonnen holds little weight, as Sonnen of course did not have time to train for him, either.

The argument that Sonnen does not deserve the fight is moot, as Jones already said he would fight him on Sept. 22, just did not want to do so given the eight days remaining before the fight, most of which would be consumed by the weight cut and media duties.

The sole point on which Jones rests his case is that he had so much to lose, and Sonnen so little. Whether that argument ultimately sways the fans remains to be seen, but it has not so far.

Dana White
"This is one of those selfish, disgusting decisions that just doesn't affect you.He just affected 16 other people's lives, families, kids going back to school. The list goes on and on, the money that was spent for these fighters to train, and everything else. Like I said, this isn't a decision that is going to make Jon Jones popular with the fans, sponsors, cable distributors, television network executives or other fighters.

michael ‏@bisping
Jones said he's not fighting chael on 8 days notice. I did. .... Just sayin
Jon Jones is never, ever going to live this down. This was a massive mistake. I can't believe this was his decision. If you have ultimate fighter on your business card, you are supposed to show up and fight. And if you are the world champion, you are supposed to have the 'anytime, anywhere, anyhow' attitude.

Chuck Liddell
The fans want to think their favorite, their world champion, is indestructible, and believe he can beat anyone. From a fan's standpoint, you want to believe your guy would fight anyone at any place at any time. Him saying no to a guy fans perceive as a middleweight isn't going to help his image at all.

TJ Dillashaw @TJDillashaw
I can't believe a whole show was canceled because of Jon Jones!! He should have to relinquish his belt

Michael Chiesa @MikeMav22
@JonnyBones is a fraud. He's all about his $$ but he won't take a fight with @sonnench who would bring in WAY more $$? He's scared, period.
99.999% of @UFC fighters will be "company men" and help our organization if needed. @sonnench is a company man, @jonnybones is selfish.

Vinny Magalhaes @VinnyMMA
How to ruin an entire event #BonesKnows
How to piss Dana White off #BonesKnows
Things that people learned today: Chael @sonnench is the man! A lot of people will be losing money. Jon Jones doesn't give a s---.

Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA
Me n @rick_story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?! @ufc
@JonnyBones u can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ. Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks. @ufc

Jeff Houghland @JeffHougland
Wait am I not fighting?? Please say it ain't so I got bills to pay @ufc !
@JonnyBones Can I at least get one of your new Nike T-shirts? I'll give it to my kid since I won't have any money for her school clothes.

Mackens Semerzier @MackDaMenaceMMA
Cancel the whole damn event? What happend to "I'll fight whoever the @ufc tells me to" or does that only apply to fighting "friends"?

Ulysses Gomez @uselessgomez
Bones wouldn't be taking the fight on "8 days notice" he's been training for a fight for at least 8 weeks! Chael is same style as Hendo. But he said no?

Abel Trujillo @AbelTrujillo1
The news of UFC 151 cancelled is heartbreaking!!! Trying to stay positive that its Gods plan & not mine!!! Jon Jones is selfish For that!!!

Diego Sanchez UFC ‏@DiegoSanchezUFC
I'm just saying these guys have family's bills & taxes to pay@danawhite is a standup guy Im sure he took care of the other fighters somehow
@jonnybones love me or hate me I say it how it is! This effects the 20 families of the other guys on card, people need to eat
@JonnyBones should have took the fight I would have, he had a full camp @sonnench had no camp & he' a 85'er

john albert @UFCPrinceAlbert
I am so livid right now I was the biggest Jon jones fan but not anymore that guy is bad for the sport his fans and other fighters he doesn't
Understand or forgot what it's like being a lower ranked fighter like me or @JeffHougland who make pennies compared to him and fighting is
Our livelihood and we survive by fighting and all the hard work those 20 other fighters put in are goin to waste utterly discusted

Josh Barnett ‏@JoshLBarnett
If I was in Jones' shoes I'd have said "Bring me the contract and I'll bring you his head.". To me, the scenario was far in Jones' favor.

Brock Jardine @BrockJardine
If u wanted to make money y wouldn't u want to fight @sonnench who was just part of biggest ppv in @ufc history Really disappointed

Dennis Hallman @DennisHallman
Hey @JonnyBones thanks for being so considerate to your fellow fighters, what a model champion. I guess we can stop the Ali comparisons.

Joe Rogan ‏@joerogan
I am completely bewildered that Jon Jones didn't accept the fight with Chael Sonnen. Never saw that coming in a million years.
Now the entire UFC card is scrapped because Jones didn't accept a fight with a 185lb'er who is completely out of shape. WOW. Just wow.

Daron Cruickshank @Cruickshank155
Sorry kitty only food thats on sale for you now. That's ok you needed a diet anyway. RIP ufc151

The UFC released an official statement on the matter:

"For the first time in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, a UFC® champion has refused to face an alternative challenger after an injury to his original opponent, forcing the organization to cancel an event. "

"UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones refused an alternative opponent, forcing UFC president Dana White to cancel the entire UFC 151 card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas next Saturday."

"Many people, from fans to PPV distributors, TV networks, sponsors, and more importantly fighters who are working hard to support their families and build their careers are hurt badly by this selfish decision. "

Dana White stated: "Jon Jones is a guy a lot of fans don’t like, and I don’t think this is going to make him any more popular. Lorenzo Fertitta and I are disgusted with Jon Jones and Greg Jackson.”

Read entire article...

Fans too weighed in with their dismay, generating a series of derisive images

 

Jackson's MMA too allegedly got into the act, putting Chael in the urinal.

Other fighters expressed deep regret solely at the cancellation.

DaMarques Johnson @DaMarques_UFC
UFC 151 canceled... :( no more cold spoon. Thats like me sitting on my own balls. Shocking saddening and painful

Brad Tavares @BradTavares
1. I feel bad for all the fighters who won't get paid. 2. I feel bad for all the fans 3. Feel even worse for the fans who r going to show up

Danny Castillo @lastcall155
Who got $50 I can borrow till my next fight? ;)

Kyle Noke @KyleNoke
Im no longer fighting. the whole @ufc 151 card is cancelled. Sorry to all fans who bought flight, hotel, and fight tickets. #heartbroken

Henry Martinez @HenryMartinez83
I train my ass off I sacrifice myself&my family and my fights get canceled and sponsors bullshit me and don't pay. #UFC151canceled #livid

And the outrage was not universal.

King Mo ‏@KingMoFH
@JonnyBones is smart....its a business. Dont knock him for his decision. Yall aint in his shoes!!! U dont see it in big boxing events.

Roy Nelson @roynelsonmma
UFC is the promoter not @JonnyBones he is making sure his business is ok, because nobody else is.

Benson Henderson @BensonHenderson
So please quit disparaging my boy @JonnyBones...it's EASY to say u'd put it all on the line but he actually has & does...#respect homie

Jason High @KCBanditMMA
Screw u guys calling him selfish man. I can’t stand fans. Of course he’s selfish. Who’s gonna take care of his shit if he doesn’t. You? #FOH

reverend john
Jones defended title 3 times this year against the best they had to offer, and was willing to do it again. S--- happened, and he wasn't going to risk his title, record and reputation on a bulls--- replacement fight at the last minute. What does he get for making the smart decision? S--- from everyone. This kid is not afraid of anyone. He has fought everyone they have thrown at him. But he wants proper preparation.

Even the innocent got dragged into the fray, including a UGer Jon Jones.

Jon Jones ‏@jonjones
haha! The UFC fighter Jon Jones backed out of a fight and now I'm getting flooded with horrible, cruel insults because people think I'm him.

AJ HoffmanAJ Hoffman ‏@AJIsTheReal
Sorry @JonJones for calling you a yeast infection. That was meant for @jonnybones

Jones ‏@jonjones
In all seriousness, I would take the fight, because I think it would be really funny. Even though I would probably die.

Jon Jones ‏@jon__jones
haha, nice one!

Jones ‏@jonjones
Thanks! Solidarity, fellow Jon. *fistbump* ;)

Thus ended the weirdest UFC day since Teili's toothie went flying into the crowd.


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#business savvy
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they should be blasting Dana because last I checked Jon Jones didnt decide if a show was a go or not.

the UFC is getting what it deserves and what it should have gotten at 149
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And rightfully so. Phone Post
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Why didnt Dana just keep the event? Chael could have fought someone else
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Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA
Me n @rick_story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?! @ufc



  ya and look how close you 2 are to a title fight. 
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hes a business man and he has kids to feed!
but he doesnt need this fight, beating chael would not help his career in his opinion, Jon "ppv sales" jones
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 If this card had a decent co main event it wouldnt have been canceled!!!!!
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Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA
Me n @rick_story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?! @ufc



  ya and look how close you 2 are to a title fight. 

  More closer to getting released than a title shot
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Warzone209 - The difference between Jones and the 5 fighters who commented is painfully obvious. 

He'd beat all 5 at the same time
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Warzone209 - The difference between Jones and the 5 fighters who commented is painfully obvious. 

So is the diffence between those 5 fighters and all the armchair warriors on the UG.
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I don't particularly like JJ, but this is not his fault. Yes, he can be blamed a little bit for not stepping up and doing something he doesn't want too, to help his employer and the fans, but that is about all.

The bulk of the blame has to fall on the UFC itself that has watered down its cards to such a degree that if the main event gets cancelled FOR WHATEVER REASON there isn't enough substance in the rest of the card to follow through with it. Clearly this is a result of their willing oversatuation and the resulting devaluation of individual PPVs.
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RJJH - they should be blasting Dana because last I checked Jon Jones didnt decide if a show was a go or not.

the UFC is getting what it deserves and what it should have gotten at 149
The people who bought this card paid to see Jon Jones. This guy just makes one poor decision after another. Phone Post
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Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA
Me n @rick_story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?! @ufc



  ya and look how close you 2 are to a title fight. 
Story was on a 6 fight win streak with wins over Thiago Alves and Johnny Hedricks.

He took the fight with Brenneman on 24 hours notice and if he won that fight then he would have probably got a title shot. It would have been hard to deny a guy a title shot when he is on a 7 fight win streak in the UFC and some of his opponents were big names. Phone Post
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In Vegas, you can't change the main event this late without giving away refunds. UFC had to cancel the event. Phone Post
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Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA
Me n @rick_story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?! @ufc



  ya and look how close you 2 are to a title fight. 
Story was on a 6 fight win streak with wins over Thiago Alves and Johnny Hedricks.

He took the fight with Brenneman on 24 hours notice and if he won that fight then he would have probably got a title shot. It would have been hard to deny a guy a title shot when he is on a 7 fight win streak in the UFC and some of his opponents were big names. Phone Post

  And he lossed. Lesson learned.
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How anyone is defending him not taking the fight to put on some semblance of a show for the fans who wanted to see him is beyond me. Chael doesn't deserve the title shot? Fine, but he also hasn't been preparing for a fight against you either, you have been in camp for months now. So Jones should be able to dismantle Chael and pick up cash in the process, instead he didn't want to hurt his brand, so he dicktucked.

Nice job, well done, bravo.
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Srsly, if I were champ I wouldn't want to fight someone on short notice either. Can't fault Jones too much especially since Chael is stylistically so different from Hendo.
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Lol @ the net nerd pussy who is talking shit to fighters who would beat the fuck out of him on a bad day. Phone Post
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AceAtGSU - How anyone is defending him not taking the fight to put on some semblance of a show for the fans who wanted to see him is beyond me. Chael doesn't deserve the title shot? Fine, but he also hasn't been preparing for a fight against you either, you have been in camp for months now. So Jones should be able to dismantle Chael and pick up cash in the process, instead he didn't want to hurt his brand, so he dicktucked.

Nice job, well done, bravo.

And in the process, hurt his "brand" more than if he had actually taken the fight.

Not a smart move by Jones.

Once you are labeled a ducker, you are never going to shrug off that mantle.
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Ben Henderson... (blue name please)

https://twitter.com/BensonHenderson/status/238726842146770944
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LilBrockonmychest -  Guess they better start blasting Hendo and Lyoto too.  If Hendo wouldn't have got hurt, the fight would still be on.   If Lyoto would have agreed to fight after Jones accepted him as a replacement, the card would still be on and all the undercard fighters would still be fighting.

According to UFC President Dana White, after Dan Henderson's knee injury forced him out of the bout, Lyoto Machida turned down a chance to challenge for the title, but Chael Sonnen accepted and wanted to fly to Vegas that night. White said that the UFC PR department began work on commercials for Jones vs. Sonnen before being informed that Jones turned down the fight.


  Dana said Jones refused to fight anyone else on 8 days notice... basically cancelling the manin event title fight. The "champ" took his belt and went home when Hendo called out sick.
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Spidermoore - I don't particularly like JJ, but this is not his fault. Yes, he can be blamed a little bit for not stepping up and doing something he doesn't want too, to help his employer and the fans, but that is about all.

The bulk of the blame has to fall on the UFC itself that has watered down its cards to such a degree that if the main event gets cancelled FOR WHATEVER REASON there isn't enough substance in the rest of the card to follow through with it. Clearly this is a result of their willing oversatuation and the resulting devaluation of individual PPVs.
This also...cards are so damn watered down... Phone Post
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Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA
Me n @rick_story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?! @ufc



  ya and look how close you 2 are to a title fight. 
Story was on a 6 fight win streak with wins over Thiago Alves and Johnny Hedricks.

He took the fight with Brenneman on 24 hours notice and if he won that fight then he would have probably got a title shot. It would have been hard to deny a guy a title shot when he is on a 7 fight win streak in the UFC and some of his opponents were big names. Phone Post
This!! Phone Post
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Fanboys with boners vs fighters with livelihoods...

I wonder who i'll back

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