With the UFC 151 debacle still unfolding before our eyes, we can’t help but to acknowledge the UFC’s failure to put big name fighters in any time slot other than the main event. Now with Jon Jones catching the brunt of the blame for the cancellation of the UFC 151 event, Jones replies with to the fans and the UFC by stating that they learned a lesson by not giving fans a ‘full’ fight card.
With the UFC putting on so many events over four channels, it is easy to throw blame on the UFC for having lackluster cards in terms of big names, not individual fighter talent. Although it is always great to watch to game competitors fight in the largest MMA organization in the world, fans (novice and hardcore alike), still want to see those big names at the top of each division in fights that clear up their respective title pictures.
In a recent interview with the Montreal Gazette, Jones explains that he had no regrets on not taking a fight on September 1st against Chael Sonnen and that he isn’t solely to blame for the cancellation of the event:
“I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself. The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.”
Jones seemed frank with his words in stating where to lay blame and how Dana White was wrong to attack Jones for the cancellation in a move that it seems Jones feels was out of his complete control.
“I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off. For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what’s best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards.”
Jones will of course fight Vitor Belfort in an odd and seemingly desperate attempt to get the light-heavyweight champion a title defense by the end of September. Either way, Belfort is still a dangerous fighter in an unpredictable sport.
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