Public Enemy #1: A Blow by Blow of UFC 151
Jon Jones faces the ire of the MMA world after turning down a fight against Chael Sonnen
We’ve never seen anything like the events that unfolded for the now-cancelled UFC 151, the first main card in the UFC’s near 20-year history to be completely cancelled. After #1 title contender Dan Henderson pulled out of UFC 151 to injury, Jones was given the option to fight Chael Sonnen on eight days notice. His decision to turn down the fight made the UFC cancel the card, and drew the ire of MMA fans and fighters around the world.
Thanks to MixedMartialArts.com, here is a blow by blow account of what happened in the last week to cause UFC 151 to be scrapped.
Twitter Rumor: Henderson may be out of Jones fight at UFC 151
Henderson releases statement; will continue to pursue belt
Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen in place of Henderson
Jones to now face Lyoto Machida, September 22nd in Toronto
UFC 151 cancelled; complete media call audio and recap
Sonnen offered to fight Jones for free
Dana White: Greg Jackson is a f—in sport killer
Greg Jackson: I’m not trying to ruin the sport
Weidman also volunteered to fight Jones on 8 days notice
Dana White: Jones’ refusal is ‘disgusting and selfish’
Greg Jackson: Jones would have fought Sonnen on Sept. 22nd
Sonnen defends Jackson, declares self champion
Jones in 2010: I’ll never turn down a fight
ZUFFA to offer 151 fighters spot on next card or show money?
Is Jon Jones the most hated man in MMA?
Jon Jones to now fight Vitor Belfort with Machida turning down the bout
Anderson Silva offered to save UFC 151 and fight
MMA world blasts Jones for refusal to fight
‘Shogun’ Rua also turned down offer to fight Jones
UFC 151: Never happened, never forgotten
Hendo’s knee injured 3 weeks ago, will get another title shot
Jones opens a huge 13 to 1 favorite over Belfort
Sonnen rips into Jones on UFC Tonight
Did Chael start taunting Jones knowing Henderson was injured?
Jones’ publicist quit last week in frustration
Machida issues statement, asked for Jones in Brazil
Belfort joins ‘Blackzilians’ in advance of UFC 152
Jones apologetic, but stands behind decision
For Belcher with a fractured spine, & Belfort, 151 collapse ‘a blessing’
Sonnen: Vitor Belfort is a stud when he believes in himself
Jones accepts full responsibility for UFC 151 cancellation, sort of
Jones’ camp: Sonnen knew, planned Pearl Harbor
Vitor Belfort chooses Rashad Evans as head coach vs. Jon Jones
Henderson denies informing Sonnen of injury
Vitor Belfort explains his decision to take fight with Jon Jones
Jones implies Hendo to blame for cancellation, unfollows White
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