UFC Cancels 1st Event In 11 Years After Dan Henderson Pulls Out Of 151 Due To Injury & Jon "Bones" Jones Turns Down Fight With Chael Sonnen. Dana White Furious [Video]

 

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LAS VEGAS — The UFC canceled its Sept. 1 pay-per-view show Thursday after light-heavyweight contender Dan Henderson injured his knee and champion Jon Jones, a Union-Endicott High School graduate, declined a replacement fight with Chael Sonnen.

 

UFC President Dana White was left furious with Jones, who lives in Ithaca, and his trainer, Greg Jackson, after the UFC was forced to scrap a major card for the first time in his 11 years in charge of mixed martial arts’ dominant promotion.

 

This is probably one of my all-time lows,” White said. “The one thing that I never thought in a million years would ever happen — it happened.

 

White said Jones is the first UFC champion to turn down a match even on short notice, calling the decision “selfish” and “disgusting.”

 

Dana White

 

UFC 151 was scheduled for Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

 

Jones agreed to defend his title against former champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 in Toronto on Sept. 22 in a rematch of their bout last December in the same city.

 

But that did nothing to curb White’s anger at one of his promotion’s biggest stars. Last-minute matchup changes occur frequently in MMA shows due to injuries, and White seldom has a problem getting his tough-guy fighters to take risks.

 

Chael Sonnen

 

We’ve never, ever had a fighter refuse to fight somebody, especially a fighter who is a world champion as well as one of the top pound-for-pound guys in the world,” White said. “It’s baffling to me, and I’ve never seen it before.

 

Jones and Jackson did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Henderson, 41, was forced to drop out of his title shot against Jones after partially tearing a ligament in his knee during training, according to White.

 

Dan Henderson

 

Sonnen agreed to take the assignment on eight days’ notice, moving up from 185 pounds to 205 to do it. The trash-talking, attention-loving Sonnen was stopped by middleweight champion Anderson Silva on July 7 in their entertaining rematch at UFC 148.

 

Chael Sonnen says, ‘I’ll fight him tonight,’” White said. “He’s that kind of a person. He puts his money where his mouth is. He goes out and delivers. He’s willing to step out and fight.”

 

But White said Jones and Jackson decided the champion could not be ready to fight the dangerous Sonnen. White was particularly enraged by Jackson, the respected Albuquerque-based trainer of several elite MMA fighters, calling him “a sport-killer” and “a weirdo” before saying: “Greg Jackson should never be interviewed by anybody ever again, except a psychiatrist.

 

Jones is among the sport’s top handful of pound-for-pound fighters after his meteoric rise to the title in March 2011 in just his eighth UFC fight, yet his previously squeaky-clean image has taken enormous hits this year after his arrest on a drunken-driving charge in Binghamton in May, followed by his decision to decline this fight.

 

Jones, 25, a former college wrestler and the brother of two NFL players, has been open about his financial motivations for fighting in recent months, saying he hopes to retire young to pursue other interests.

 

Jon Jones has been one of these guys who, as much as he’s won and all the things that he’s accomplished, he’s been a champion that hasn’t been very popular, and I don’t think this is going to do wonders for his popularity,” White said.

 

Jon "Bones" Jones

 

The UFC will give refunds on all tickets, costing the promotion an enormous amount of “money that’s already been spent,” according to White, on everything from Times Square billboards to extensive television advertising. But thousands of fans who converge on the UFC’s hometown for its big events already have booked plane tickets and hotel rooms.

 

White is also apoplectic about the cancellation or rescheduling of UFC 151’s 10 preliminary bouts, lamenting the wasted money and training time spent by the undercard fighters with a fraction of Jones’ wealth.

 

Charlie Brenneman, a journeyman welterweight scheduled to fight Australia’s Kyle Noke in a preliminary card bout to be aired on Facebook, tweeted at Jones: “U can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ. Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks.


 

 

Source: PressConnects

 

 

 

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Comment by MR TOP NOTCH on August 26, 2012 at 6:01am
bones would kill sonen
Comment by paul on August 24, 2012 at 5:27pm
Jones is a fraud, ever since he come up his head got too big. He probably believes he's Jesus Christ of MMA. I don't like Sonnen, but he stepped up and offered to fight him, Sonnen may not be worthy of a title shot, but was still a decent alternative. Jones is a b**** for turning it down.
Comment by Montezuma on August 24, 2012 at 4:33pm
Jones is a bum for not fighting period!!
Comment by Sp on August 24, 2012 at 2:39pm
@liljoe that's so right... This f***** Dana white robbing these fighters more than Birdman is robbing his cash money artist.
Comment by Sp on August 24, 2012 at 2:34pm
@Jbrizzle pull out dana whites d*** put of your a****** ya f*****. He has been robbing these athletes for years.
Comment by lil Joe on August 24, 2012 at 2:15pm
So now it's Jon Jones fault, LOL. No it's the UFC's fault for not paying their fighters right, Sonnon does not deserve a tittle shot anyway, he just got his a** kicked by silva in a title shot, all that s*** talking is hot air, Dana white and the UFC are some greedy mofo's, that's why Dana never likes to talk about $ & fighters, sure boxing is f***** up to but at least thy get paid right.
Comment by HeyOfficerRICKYYYY on August 24, 2012 at 9:24am
Sonnen ain't nothing but a juicerrr remember after that first Anderson Silva fight...I don't blame Jones...its funny people who surf the net all day call him a punk r u serious...dude is a beast
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Comment by manny on August 24, 2012 at 4:45am
Jon Jones is a p****! if you want to be the best you can't back down from a fight you chicken s***. hope Dana White does a something to punish this f** for being a p****
Comment by CallME FiFDaDragon CuzIspit Fire on August 24, 2012 at 2:40am
This isnt boxing, this is MMA. If you champ you fight, period! If you bail you a chump. In MMA you should never be scared to fight someone no matter what the reason.



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