“As much as as he’s won, and all the things that he’s accomplished in a short amount of time … he’s been a champion that hasn’t been very popular. I don’t think this is going to do wonders for his popularity… Me and Lorenzo are disgusted… I don’t know why a guy who was a world champion and considered by many to be the pound-for-pound best wouldn’t fight anybody. It’s baffling to me. I’ve never seen it before…Being a fight promoter, and being in the business that we’re in, you can’t make somebody fight. I can’t make you fight. You’re either a fighter, or you’re not. This is what we all do for a living. I have a building here in Las Vegas that 250 people have been busting their ass, working hard, to promote this fight. Not just for Jon Jones, but for everyone on this card… You know what? Good for you Jon Jones. You’re rich and you’ve got some money, and you don’t need to take this fight. But there’s a bunch of guys on the undercard that this is how they feed their family, and this is how they make a living. And the UFC has spent [expletive] of money to promote this fight. I can’t make you fight, but it’s probably not a good idea to not do it.”
UFC president Dana White expressed his disgust with his 205 champ Jon Jones on today’s special conference call to announce the first ever cancellation of an entire UFC event.