If you spent thousands of dollars between non-refundable airfare to Las Vegas for Labor Day weekend, a hotel room, and perhaps tickets to UFC from anywhere other than the box office, you’re probably still stuck in a bar somewhere in the desert drinking away your sorrows. I mean, it’s only Thursday. It took me until the following Sunday to overcome the fallout from when the same thing happened to the entire MiddleEasy team during the cancellation of Affliction: Trilogy. I’m actually still not fully ‘over it.’ There are days where I wake up in the morning and stare at the Josh Barnett dartboard on my wall and wish I knew where my darts are hiding. It’s cool though. Fedor probably would have won anyway. He was still GOATing his way around the world back then.
Fortunately for MMA fans, we have UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to make a statement that aims to bring us closure to the whole UFC 151 ordeal; a statement that puts the issue to rest, once and for all.
“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.”
“I’ve been dealing with a lot of controversy,” “A lot of insults right now. People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight.’ Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody, anything.”
“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.”
Based on this advice… The rest of you should probably take the rest of the day off. In fact, come back to work next Wednesday so you’ve had ample time to recover from all the alcohol you’re going to consume this Sunday when the 2012-2013 NFL season kicks off. When you return, dress casual, and expect a promotion and/or a salary bump. If it doesn’t work, explain to HR that Jon Jones said it would and point them directly to this article. If that doesn’t work…Sorry.