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Even While Apologizing for UFC 151 Fiasco, Jon Jones Can’t Help Comparing Himself to Jesus

(“My advice would be to find a nice cave somewhere and go into hiding for three days. When you come out, they’ll worship you.”)

According to our latest homepage poll, a full 49% of you believe that Jon Jones deserves most of the blame for UFC 151′s abrupt cancellation, compared to just 27% for UFC president Dana White, the guy who actually canceled the event. Public opinion of Jones has gone from bad to irredeemably awful in the last week, and the apology he posted on twitter this weekend probably won’t help much:

Carrying the cross for my company’s decision. If someone has to take the blame, I will accept full responsibility for the way UFC 151 was canceled. I want to sincerely apologize to all the other athletes/fans who’s time and money was waisted. [sic] I feel terrible about the way that was handled.”

Okay, so we’re just assuming that Jones is comparing himself to Jesus in that first sentence; he could also be comparing himself to Kimo Leopoldo. But considering that there’s already a conception of Jones as a person whose holier-than-thou attitude doesn’t match his behavior, all Jesus-based self-references should probably be avoided for the time being. It’s the kind of thing a publicist would tell Jones, if he still had one.

As for the apology itself, Jones says he takes the blame for “the way UFC 151 was canceled,” and “the way that was handled,” but not, of course, for what he actually did, which was turn down a fight on short-notice. It’s a subtle shift of blame back to who Jones really thinks should be blamed — the UFC and Dana White.

To me, the most interesting part of this saga will come later, when we see just how profoundly Jones’s relationship with the UFC will change. Jones has always promoted himself as a humble company man, but now that he’s experienced the full wrath of the UFC — and how quickly Dana can switch from your benefactor to your worst enemy as soon as you make a decision that doesn’t follow his script — loyalty to his bosses probably won’t be high on the light-heavyweight champion’s priority list.

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imnotgay- September 1, 2012 at 1:28 am
i agree with nippletwist
Nippletwist- August 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm
all you're doing is crying. you're not formulating any kind of critical intelligent contribution to anything you're just sitting there going "shutup nipples ur a nutthugger derp derp" "chael sonnen rawks he wood totly beet j jones, bonesy jonesy is a bigg pusee!".
Nippletwist- August 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm
every think i have to say is totally legit, you can't censor me dude, sorry you still have nothings good to say and sorry im calling you out on your moronic bullshit dude, but if you weren't so stupid you wouldn't get called out, it's really not my fault you should take some responsibility man, and stop hatin while you're at it, it doesn't look good.
ArmFarmer- August 28, 2012 at 8:44 am
I'd rather have nothing to say than have too much to say and spend my time crying all over cagepotato. Can you please stop, your steady flow of tears are making the articles all soggy and difficult to read.
Nippletwist- August 28, 2012 at 8:06 am
your just mad your gettin called on your lame unsubstantiated hating and you have nothing real to say
ArmFarmer- August 28, 2012 at 6:51 am
nippletwist really is the "leave brittany alone" of mma fans...
Nippletwist- August 28, 2012 at 8:03 am
fucktard still with nothing to say, yeup.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm
hes not even comparing himself to jesus either thats a pretty gross misinterpretation, to bear a cross is a pretty common figure of speech even amongst non-religious people. it's not saying im jesus, it's saying im going through something right now. you guys completely misunderstood and misrepresented that. its just not fair criticism that's why im so against it.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 28, 2012 at 1:28 am
Look here guy. You seem a bit confuse, eh? Jon Jone, he fight a very nice he make a nice move in the cage, it make a nice a TV show. I like a Jon Jone, he make a nice punch and kick in face to other guy, make a nice TV replay show. He make nice dight in the cage. But he says the stuff to make the jokes, and all peoples, they make the jokes, unnerstand? It is nice, because the make the jokes is nice?
Nippletwist- August 28, 2012 at 8:02 am
that didnt make sense
Mr_Misanthropy- August 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm
No, no- I can see this. Jon is a lot like Jesus: he can turn water into whine and he crucified his Bentley on a telephone pole but his career was miraculously reincarnated three days later. It's all very biblical.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm
eh whatver he's a religious guy, seems like its working out well for him, i wouldn't judge him for it, i could care less. all that matters to me is how he performs when he fights, and he always comes through in the cage
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm
"And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him" - Sun Tzu

from jon jones twitter page, well played
Mr_Misanthropy- August 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm
I despise your commenting and hating. You are despicable. I'm going to chop off your arm.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm
hatings not cool man, it's not a good look, and it's not good for you internally either to be hatin', especially without good reason man, think about it.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 28, 2012 at 4:12 am
Lemon Lime Haterade is tasty stuff
RwilsonR- August 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm
Black Jesus!
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm
no one gives a shit what you think armfarmer, i speak the truth, deal with it
soultaker- August 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm
It seems to me that some of these Jones supporters in this particular situation do not get it. Have you held a job yet? Its an individual job in the octagon but its a team sport outside. If you worked for a company would you tell your boss "NO" if that was your job? Would you bail on your co-workers? Lets see you do that at your job and see what happens.. there will be repercussions. I guarantee it. The UFC is a business and Jones is an employee. Where else is he going to fight and make this $$? Its a two way street. This is why you need a PR person and a manager to manage the relationship. Jones is a fighter... he is definately not a businessman.
ArmFarmer- August 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm
nippletwist take jon's nuts out of your mouth.. we're seriously concerned you may suffocate..
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm
im not really a nuthugger, im more of an anti-hater. when these haters come in with their hater nonsense, i just need to drop some perspective on fools. im really just tryin to help you guys out. get you off of your hatin ways.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Dude's startin' to sound a little pathological, nawmsayin' yung? Yo! The book of John's already in the Bible, fool! Git dem nuts out yo mouf, bubble headed fish eyed jive turkey talkin' sucka ass mofucka'!
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 10:48 pm
youre all really just hating cause hes the man right now, its because hes on top. envy is ugly man, like just be happy for dude enjoy his success with him.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm
retard still cant come up with anything to say, big surprise. get a brain fucktard.
amsterdamheavy- August 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm
I think the lack of oxygen from those balls stuffed in his mouth has already done brain damage.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm
id rather be a fan than some pathetic little bitter hater
Mr_Misanthropy- August 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Jon, is that you? Eat a dick sammich and quit duckin fights.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm
he doesnt duck fights, he wants time to train for fights, like every other fighter ever. this is unprecedented unfair treatment, countless other fighters and champions have done the exact thing he's doing and it was treated as par for the course. im just about fairness man, lets just be fair about this, thats all.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 28, 2012 at 1:30 am
He was ready to fight. He would destroy Chael. Why was he taking him as seriously as everybody else? You can't fight with your mouth, it makes no sense.
Nippletwist- August 28, 2012 at 8:11 am
its really just the principle of the matter. henderson getting hurt does not equal the light heavyweight champion fighting a non-contender middleweight on short notice, that would be stupid, unprecedentedly stupid. i am seriously a bigger fan of jon jones for not letting that stupid fight happen.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm
jon jones basically says "i don't think this is my fault, and im being blamed unfairly, but sorry to everyone anyway"

and you jump down his throat like hes an egomaniac asshole. there is absolutely nothing wrong with what he said. you're way out of line here.

inversely chael sonnen talks the most ridiculous, outrageous, embarrassing, weak character, no class trash, nonsense bullshit in the history of the sport and you all suck it down and love it.

everyones just looking for a reason to try to hate jon jones. put yourself in this kids position, at age 25, in the spotlight as much as he is, under all this pressure and scrutiny. hes doing a fucking phenomenal job handling the position he's in, i'd like to see any of you naysayers do any better in his position. cagepotato is on some shit with this anti-jones campaign, stop expecting him to be a super hero, he's a 25 year old human being, god forbid he make a minor mistake here or there.

the ones acting like god or jesus are you douchebag journalists and "fans" sitting there in judgement, none of you could handle the kind of pressure jones is under, at age 25 nonetheless, and that's why you sit there writing for a job and your not a star like he is.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm
jones is under such an unfair magnifying glass because he's so good. imagine if he talked all the shit chael did? but you all think it's awesome when sonnen does it despite his dismal performances it fights. jones occasionally makes an arrogant statement sure, but what's important is he's exciting and dominant in his fights. and he does it against the best guys. give dude a fucking break, he's 25 and he's on top of the world, and he's one of the best things to happen to the sport EVER give him leeway to be a little cocky. you seem to love it when fucking pizza boy talks shit, geez.
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm
let em hate bones, u still the champ dawwg, all your fights are exciting that's all i care about, if jon jones is fighting i am watching, keep throwing those wacky elbows my dude, ill stay your fan. in fact im a bigger fan that he didn't let that douche sonnen talk his way into a cheap fight. j jones is the king! yall cant stop him!
paskhl- August 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

"Even While Apologizing for UFC 151 Fiasco, Jon Jones Can’t Help Comparing Himself to Jesus"

So Dana's words are like the Gospel now!!!
@BHOP said it best (read it; August 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm)

White should have dealt the whole matter privately but instead,he blamed THE biggest MMA star for many many years to come.
I'm sure the Fertitta's are not "happy" with the way DW handle this whole situation.
Dana's ego cant,just CANT handle a "NO" from one of his fighter.That conference call was one of the weirdest thing I have heard in the UFC history.
Leave JBJ alone,White is the one to make thing happens.
When it work,its because of him,and when it doesnt its someone else fault...smh...
BHOP- August 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm
I love how Dana shifted ALL blame away from the UFC for this fiasco to Jon Jones. Jones was acting like a bitch, yes I get that. However, the fact that the UFC put everything they had into the Hendo and Jones fight with every other fighter on that card a no-name up and comer. So to tell you the truth, Jones shouldn't apologise for the card being scrapped, the UFC should apologise for putting an entire event on the back of 1 fight. Fuck Dana White and fuck the ufc for all of this!
soultaker- August 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Jackson is stuck on his approach to fighting. Read the Popular Science article on his approach to fighting. He analyzes films, finds weaknesses, tendencies, etc. and trains his fighters to exploit them. That is fine and dandy but if you have a short notice fight that you should have NO say in then you prepare your fighter for that event. That is your event. Stop being an idiot and saying. Well, he asked me my opinion and I gave him an honest answer...what else am I supposed to do? Well, shut up and say. I shouldn't give me opinion on whether to take the fight. Let me know what you guys decide (PR team; Jones, manager, publicist) and I will prepare you. Jackson says they run their camp as a team effort. Yeah idiot for preparation ONLY. I would love to run the company I work for as a team when it comes to critical descisions..... The CEO and CFO would be run out of town.
soultaker- August 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Why in the hell would you ask Jackson if you should take the fight? Jackson is an idiot when it comes to PR and advice OUTSIDE the cage. ASK YOUR MANAGER AND YOUR PUBLICIST. That is what they are there for. Jackson should only give advice after he is told what the PR team has decided. Jackson is outside of his strengths. Yeah, I don't think you should take the fight. Stupid, there is much more than your approach to fighting when it comes to PR and business descisions. Jones is an idiot for taking his advice.
SethF- August 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Apparently Jon blames Uncle Hendo:
RaginAsian- August 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm
To be fair, that's a pretty common expression for Christians going through hard times.
paskhl- August 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Viva Hate- August 27, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Wait, is this why he keeps calling Nick Ring a Sodomite? Is this why he keeps referring to Arianny as Rahab?
Mr_Misanthropy- August 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm
No, this is why those funny spots on his palms keep weeping blood. Don't shake his hand, you'll want to get yourself tested.
amsterdamheavy- August 28, 2012 at 8:03 am
He should change his name then to Jon "Stigmata" does quite have the same ring to it, but it more than makes up for that with pure drama
ArmFarmer- August 27, 2012 at 11:49 am
Yeah this is retarded. Seriously screw you CP. I'm sick of your stupid ass posts and terrible opinions. I'm not reading your garbage anymore. And by CP I mean cecil pupols of course.
El Guapo- August 27, 2012 at 11:12 am
"G'Lord have mercy! The Lo'd is my shepard... HE KNOW WHAT I WANT!"