By Nathan Smith
Dan Henderson’s knee injury and the refusal by Jon Jones to fight his chosen replacement, Chael P. Sonnen, on eight days notice forced the first UFC event cancelation in history. The infamous Dana White conference call to announce the goings-on took the MMA world by storm. DW chastised and spewed vitriol towards JBJ’s unwillingness to step up to fight Sonnen which infuriated the UFC brass as a whole. Likewise, it enraged the Bones nuthuggers and haters who in turn inundated the CP comment section for more than a week with well-reasoned arguments but mostly sophomoric jabs involving nipples.
Lyoto Machida Vitor Belfort has been named JBJ’s next opponent, but that is not stopping Sonnen from getting ready to fight the man that turned down his challenge. The American Gangster expects to walk to the octagon and go mano y mano with Bones next weekend.
Dana White told mmajunkie.com:
“Chael Sonnen is in full training camp right now. He’s been training since he got offered the Jones fight. He said, ‘I’m in full camp right now because Vitor will get hurt and pull out, and it will be Jones vs. Sonnen, anyway.’”
Even though the UFC 152 card has been recast and finalized, Sonnen is still making a bunch of noise anticipating a fight with the champ. Could it all be a bouquet of unsubstantiated bullshit being made by a guy that loves to get inside his opponents head almost as much as he loves the spotlight? Absolutely, but does anybody actually doubt the fact that Sonnen IS training to fight next weekend? With Belfort’s recent health woes and an injury curse looming over the UFC it wouldn’t surprise this writer if Vitor comes up lame.
Dana White can hold a grudge the same way any dude can muffle a fart on the first date with his new chick and it is NEVER successful. No matter how much you think your cheeks are pressed tightly against the Olive Garden booth or how loud the bar noise is, she always hears it. DW was born with Irish stubbornness and there is nothing you can do about it (sorry BG, old Dad, new Dad, JJ, Rex, Seth, EC, Jeff, the rest of the “contributors” like me and the CP Nation) because unlike the forgiving first date, he will never forget what happened in the past. DW is worse than an elephant and I have superficial proof that will never hold up in the court of law.
DW went so far as to tell mmafighting.com:
“Ok, we were gonna fight Dan Henderson, guy’s got (expletive) knockout power, great wrestling, a good chin, tough (expletive) guy. Now here’s Chael Sonnen on eight days notice and he’s a (expletive) 185 pounder, coming in with no camp whatsoever. And you heard what they said: he’s a southpaw. Vitor Belfort’s a (expletive) southpaw. And hits (expletive) harder, and is faster and more explosive. So you’re gonna (expletive) say no to him on eight days notice but fight (Vitor). It’s so stupid that it gets me angry.”
In this writer’s opinion, there needs to be around the clock surveillance on The Phenom to insure his safety because there could be a couple of culprits hoping for his downfall. DW could play Wile E. Coyote to Belfort’s Roadrunner. If you see DW with ANYTHING labeled ACME and if you see a bellhop wearing a Blue Jays hat dropping banana peels all over the place while screaming “IT WAS A KNEE TO THE HEAD ON A DOWNED OPPONENT. . . . . . . DAMN YOU ANDY,” call authorities (or use the “Ring Signal” and Nick will be right there to defend all of Canada). Please!
I have to ask the Potato Nation. Is this just Chael being Chael searching for attention or do you think Sonnen is being proactive in his approach to next weekend ‘s main event in hopes for a Belfort banana slip and/or future endeavors with Jon Jones?