It’s only been a week since UFC 151 was canceled but it feels like forever, and it seems like it’s still the numero uno topic on the vast majority of MMA fans’ minds (aside from the Brittney Palmer calender at least) is still Jon Jones and the UFC’s dealings with this whole sordid UFC 151 mess. So I lean back in my rapidly deteriorating office-chair, staring at my corgi calender (who needs a ring card girl when I have a bunch of hot corgi bitches) and keep going back and forth in my mind. It’s human nature to assign blame, it’s an election year, and nothing makes that more apparent. But is Jon Jones really to blame? At first I found his lack of Bushido Spirit disturbing, but now I’m starting to understand his side of the situation a little more. It took the sage Pat Miletich to open my eyes, even if just a little bit.
Crooklyn spoke with the former owner of one of the stinkiest gyms I’ve ever had the pleasure of stepping foot into and picked his Croatian brain on the Jones-UFC madness that probably won’t go away anytime soon.
“When you have a card that is only carried by one match, given the attrition rate in MMA, the injuries in training, they kind of set themselves up for the fall. They need to hold themselves accountable. It’s become a bit of a habit, of late, by the leaders, to blame others for their problems, instead of letting people hold them accountable …
I think Jon Jones had nothing to gain in that fight. Sonnen, moving to a different weight division, having not fought there for quite a long time, and competing at 185, hasn’t earned the right in the first place.I think Jon Jones was well within his rights, and I back Jackson on the decision that he made and the advice that he gave Jones to pull out of the fight. It doesn’t do the UFC any good to chop the legs out from, possibly their biggest star because he doesn’t take a last minute replacement fight. There was nothing to gain for his career. I think it’s organizational suicide to do that to your biggest star.”