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Dana White Says Jon Jones Knew UFC 151 Would Be Canceled

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 White. I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. So today we’re going to be face-to-face and we’ll see what he says and he doesn’t say. “

The interview was done before Friday’s face to face meeting between White and Jones, which reportedly went well. One thing that Dana White is not happy about is Jones’ claims that nobody ever told him that UFC 151 would be cancelled if he didn’t take the fight with Chael Sonnen.

“The fact that he said he didn’t know the show would be canceled is false. I did tell him the show would be canceled.”

Well Dana didn’t use the word liar but he is saying that Jones is not being truthful. In other words, he is lying. This is a serious charge because as damaged as Jones’ reputation already is, his outright mistruth is only going to do more harm to his “brand.”

What may be irking White more than anything is Jones’ attitude on the canceled show. Jones has been fairly casual when discussing it with the media and has tried to blow it off. According to White, he needs to accept more responsibility.

“I think he needs to take it a little more serious than he is,” said White. “I don’t know if he’s embarrassed. Obviously the fans have turned on him, but I think he needs to take this thing a little more serious than he did.”

I have said from the very beginning that I don’t think Jones should be held responsible for the canceled show. At the end of the day it was the UFC who made the call. The UFC could have tried to make a different fight or just went ahead with the show regardless of the low buyrate. It amazes me that Dana White and the UFC still refuse to accept their share of responsibility in the mess.


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