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Posts by tag: UFC 151

1 year ago

Chael Sonnen Says He and Henderson Set Up Jon Jones

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UFC 151 is the story that just won’t seem to go away. The infamous show fell through when Jon Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice. Most criticized Jones but a new revelation by the American Gangster may change some opinions.

The beauty of Chael getting a weekly slot on UFC Tonight is that you just never know what he is going to say. Likely by design, Chael has been kind enough to offer up a juicy quote at least once a week on the Fuel TV UFC magazine show. His newest though is likely to open up some old wounds.

Jon Jones is still having a hard time winning fans months after refusing to defend the UFC light heavyweight title with short notice against Sonnen. Critics, including UFC president Dana White felt that Jones would have been had a massive advantage over Sonnen since Sonnen had not even been ..click here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

UFC’s Stance On Short Notice Title Fights Is Unfair

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The top UFC light heavyweight fighters are in an uproar over Chael Sonnen getting to the front of the title line. UFC president Dana White has made his message crystal clear. Accept your short notice title fight or move to the back of the line and that just isn’t fair.

White blasted Lyoto Machida, along with a few others for not taking a championship fight against Jon Jones on short notice. White’s message was clear in a recent media call. You may have earned the title shot but you can just as easily lose it if you don’t take the fight when offered, short notice or not.

“Everyone of these guys that are b*tching about a title show now, were offered the fight and turned it down. They refused to fight Jon Jones. Now they’re bummed out because Chael stepped up on eight days notice and he’s going to coach The Ultimate ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Dana White Says Jon Jones Knew UFC 151 Would Be Canceled

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The more Jon Jones talks, the angrier Dana White gets. Jones claimed in several recent interviews that he was never told that UFC 151 would be canceled if he didn’t fight. According to the UFC president, Jones is a liar.

UFC 151 is the story that just won’t go away. No matter how much the UFC and the fighters have tried to move on, White won’t let it go. While the UFC light heavyweight champion may be ready to move on, the UFC president has yet to put it to rest.

White talked to Ariel Helwani at the UFC 152 weigh-ins. One of the things Helwani brought up to White was that Jones felt he was owed an apology. Let’s just say that Jones has a better shot of fighting Brock Lesnar than he does of getting an apology from Dana White.

“I’m actually glad that he did say that,” said ..click here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

Ronda Rousey Avoiding Cyborg Is Worse Than Jon Jones Refusing Fights

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UFC champion Jon Jones has taken a lot of criticism recently for turning down a fight with Chael Sonnen. Ironically Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey remains the darling of MMA, yet she refuses to fight Cris Cyborg. Why is Rousey getting a free ride?

I started thinking about this the other day and it really doesn’t make any sense to me. Jon Jones has been blasted by fans, media, and fellow fighters for refusing to take a fight on eight days notice. Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on other hand is refusing to fight Cris Cyborg Santos with a full training camp, while Jones’ critics continue to worship the ground she walks on. In my mind Rousey refusing to fight Cyborg is far worse than Jones refusing to fight Chael Sonnen on anyone else on short notice.

“When she was champion, I know she was doping but I couldn’t prove it,” ..click here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

Rashad Evans Blasts Jon Jones On UFC 151 Cancellation

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The entire MMA world continues to pile on Jon Jones over the UFC 151 cancellation. It is probably a surprise to nobody that Rashad Evans is the latest to blast the champ. What is surprising is the professionalism and truth in his criticism.

I don’t think anyone expected Rashad Evans to sit back and allow the Jon Jones bashing train to pass him by without jumping on. It was Evans who was the first to truly expose Jones as the phony most see him to be. Jones’ former training partner and opponent withheld the personal jabs in a recent interview with Pro MMA radio and instead laid out one of the most logical arguments against Jones for turning down the UFC 151 fight.

“For me, it’s a two part question for me. For one, you want to always keep it right for the fighters. It’s great for the fighters to ..click here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

Dan Henderson Is Getting A Free Ride In UFC 151 Debacle

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The UFC 151 fallout continues and it isn’t getting easier for Jon Jones. Media and fans continue to vilify Bones for not taking a new fight after Dan Henderson got hurt. Yet surprisingly nobody has pointed the finger at Hendo. Is Dan Henderson getting a free ride at the expense of the Bones Jones?

Henderson started making the media rounds on Monday, shedding a lot of light on what actually went down leading up to him pulling out of the fight. UFC president Dana White chastised Jones for almost an hour when the UFC 151 cancellation was made, giving Henderson no culpability in the debacle. Yet the more I hear from Hendo and his team, the more I am starting to wonder why Henderson has avoided any shrapnel in this explosion.

The timeline of Henderson’s injury leading up to UFC 151 has become clearer in recent days. Henderson and his coaches are ..click here to read more , , ,

2 years ago

Dana White’s Jon Jones Rant Damaged The UFC Forever

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UFC president Dana White blasted Jon Jones for refusing to fight at UFC 151. Yet a few days later I think it is fair to ask whether White’s honesty will cost Zuffa more money over the next decade than any cancelled event could ever account for?

Now that the dust has settled I think it is fair to look at the situation with a little more clarity. To recap, Dan Henderson had to pull out of his UFC 151 fight with champion Bones Jones. Jones declined the opportunity to fight Chael Sonnen as a replacement with eight days notice. Without a main-event, UFC 151 was outright cancelled, costing the company millions of dollars in paid promotion that will never be recouped. White has put the blame for this squarely on the shoulders of his champion.

White went nuts on Jones on during the press conference in which the cancellation was announced. White ..click here to read more , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC, Not Jon Jones Responsible For Cancelled UFC 151

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UFC 151 is cancelled and the blame for this has been placed squarely on the shoulders of the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Bones Jones. While it is easy to vilify Jones, is the champion being used as a scapegoat by the real man responsible for this mess, Dana White?

Dana White cut a scathing promo on Jon Jones last week during a conference call announcing the cancellation of UFC 151. Jones was scheduled to fight Dan Henderson in the main-event. Henderson hurt his knee and Jones was offered Chael Sonnen as a replacement. Jones turned down the fight claiming he needed more time to prepare, the event, was cancelled, and the UFC is blaming Jones for this entire mess.

It is easy to chastise Jones for his action. MMA is a sport based on machismo. Nobody wants to look at the big picture. To the average fan watching at home, it ..click here to read more , , , ,

2 years ago

Machida Declines, Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort Signed For UFC 152

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The UFC has announced yet another fight change. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not be fighting Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, or Lyoto Machida after all. Instead, Jones will now fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 in Toronto.

News broke early Friday morning that Lyoto Machida turned down the opportunity to fight Jones at UFC 151. Somehow or another Vitor Belfort wound up with the spot. I like Vitor Belfort but he hasn’t fought at light heavyweight in the UFC in oh I don’t know say…over seven years!

According to several MMA reports, Machida was first offered the fight and turned it down due to the short turnaround time. What is funny about this is that as much as Machida is being criticized for not taking the fight, I was actually more surprised when Dana White announced the fight on Thursday. I never expected Machida to take the fight ..click here to read more , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Dan Henderson Vs. Jon Jones Off, UFC 151 Cancelled

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The Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones fight will have to wait. A blown knee in training will sideline Dan Henderson indefinitely, leaving Jones fight-less. What is the UFC to do with a show without a main-event? Well cancel it of course.

The UFC made history today by cancelling the event outright. I can’t recall the UFC ever cancelling a big pay per view event with two week’s notice. Dana White said it was the first time in UFC history that they are cancelling an event. White confirmed that Henderson has a tear in his knee and is unavailable.

“This is one of my all-time lows as president,” White said. “For the first time in 11 years we’re going to cancel an event.”

White confirmed to reporters that Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones on eight days notice. White told reporters that Sonnen offered to sign for the fight immediately and the ..click here to read more , , , , ,

2 years ago

Silva, Sonnen & Summer – The UFC Schedule through Fall 2012

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Ok, I did it. A while back, I wrote a similar piece and prefaced it by stating that fighters would probably get hurt along the way. Well, we got through Jones vs Evans, which I was thankful for since the piece was posted not-too-long before the event itself. Then the voodoo-training Gods just unmercifully struck down numerous fighters (and as a result, entire cards) with injuries. While I doubt Dana and Joe Silva get paid overtime, something tells me they’d be living off a steady diet of Five Hour Energy and takeout over the past few months if they did (I wouldn’t worry about their wallets though, folks. Something tells me they’ll be just fine). With arguably the biggest fight of the year set for tomorrow night, here is a follow up to that ill-fated March piece with an updated schedule.

UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II

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2 years ago

UFC Targets Two Big Fights For The Fall

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Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos SantosWe aren’t even into summer yet and the UFC is moving ahead with some big fall plans. According to several reports, two big championship fights are heading your way and the UFC has tentative dates for both headline fights.

The first big and I do mean big fight will head to Toronto, Canada on September 22. The UFC have targeted UFC 152 to hold the highly anticipated Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez UFC heavyweight championship rematch. The fight will be supported underneath in the co-main event with BJ Penn returning to the octagon to fight Canadian Rory MacDonald.

The second big championship fight will touch down on November 3 at UFC 154 also in Canada, specifically Montreal. Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will return after a lengthy hiatus to defend ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

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