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Jon Jones Blames Old, Injured Dan Henderson for UFC 151 Fiasco

(What a nice-looking young man.)

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones spends a lot of time on twitter. These days, it takes a lot of guts for him to do so.

When would be-challenger Dan Henderson pulled out of his scheduled UFC 151 engagement with the champ and Jones turned down a short-notice replacement fight with Chael Sonnen, Jones was thrown under the bus by UFC President Dana White and fighters and fans alike joined in on the hate-a-thon, bashing Jones in interviews and on twitter. Jones has been all over the map since then.

First, he sequestered himself away with no comments, then he was defensive. Eventually he was apologetic. Last night he jokingly set on blaming Henderson on Twitter for their not fighting last night as he had planned.

When a fan tweeted Saturday that thanks to Jones, “he had no plans tonight,” Jones retorted with a Hemingway reference. “Thanks to the old man and his knee I don’t either,” Jones replied.

See what he did there? If I hadn’t recently spent an hour and a half in a Barnes and Noble reading “The Old Man And The Sea,” without buying it afterwards, I might not have. Thankfully I did, and was ready for Jones’ great tweet. Fate.

On its face, the tweet just seems like another in a growing series of public relations gaffes for Jones. However, Jones seems to be disproportionately punished for honesty that, in other athletes, we find refreshing and endearing.

Jones might have too little of a filter, be too good, too young and too black, all at the same time. Or perhaps he just doesn’t have enough history and goodwill with fans yet to get away with that stuff.

I for one, have always smiled when I’ve heard Henderson mock an opponent, brag on himself or promise to beat the crap out of someone. Jones doing the same seems to rub me the wrong way off the bat. What’s up with that?

In any case, back to Jones blaming Henderson. It may seem ridiculous at first.

After all, no one is questioning the legitimacy of Henderson’s MCL injury. There is no reason that he should have felt compelled to fight through that.

But if he had, he wouldn’t have been the first. Chuck Liddell beat Tito Ortiz with a torn ACL and we didn’t find out about the injury until afterwards.

No one made Henderson wait a few weeks to tell the UFC about his injury, either. When he did, there was little time for them to find a logical replacement.

When Jones decided not to fight Sonnen on a week’s notice, the UFC had no other good options, in part because they hadn’t do their due diligence in checking with all their superstars who might have been willing to step in and save the event and decided to shut down their otherwise weak (in terms of marketability) event. The situation stunk.

Looks like Jones is no longer happy taking all of the blame for it. What do you say, ‘taters?

Do you want to see Jones offer a mea culpa (one in which he doesn’t compare himself to a crucified Messiah), or do you want to see him continue to embrace his villain role?

If he goes the villain route, who else could he insult on twitter to get there?

- Elias Cepeda

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Nippletwist- September 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Oh hello friends! im at my boring job again :(. and with the return to my lame ass job, comes my triumphant return to cagepotato. looks like you subhuman dungeon dwelling net creepers have been busy without me. lets see what you idiots have cooked up this time.

oh okay this is good you're actually trying to explain yourselves now, you've moved on from the adolescent insults, now you're playing my game, very obedient, good boy. oh, so jon jones is a liar! why? when did he lie? oh so he didn't predict his own dui? that just isn't what lying is... that doesn't qualify as lying i doubt anyone predicts themselves getting a dui.

this is a good example of how there IS a double standard and how he IS being treated unfairly. sonnen did much worse illegal shit and you don't criticize him for it, jones gets a DUI and the sky is fucking falling. That's not consistent, that's holding jones to a different standard. that's just one example, but ones all i need, so we have firmly established jones IS treated unfairly and heald to a different standard, and i am right and you are wrong, again. better get used to it, im noticing a pattern here.

what else? oh hes hypocritical? wanna talk about being hypocritical. how about you saying i write too much on here and then writing youre own multiple long responses. look how many fucking times you have posted just since last night dude. youre the hypocrite. oh or saying i take this too seriously. i take this too seriously?????? listen stupid you dont even know me you dont even know if im being serious, this is the internet dude, i could be a fucking troll just laughing at you for all you know. on some levels that basically is what im doing. im typing this from my fucking iphone to pass the time at work, that's the only time i ever have to dick around on the internet because im so busy with school and my social life. think youre the one who takes shit too serious mr. hypocrite.

oh and mocking me for going to college. isn't that just the epitome of anti-intellects, patronizing someone for attending a university. all i should expect i guess. actually hating someone for being in a good school is kind of like hating a guy because hes really great at fighting. hating on peoples qualitys and acting like theyre bad things, typical dumb hater behavior.

and yeah i called jones handsome. hes a good looking dude. better looking than most fighters, probably better looking thant you, probably part of the reason you REALLY hate him, it kills you subconsciously. fyi that doesn't make me gay to say that. you must be really uncomfortable with yourself. i could also be a girl for all you fucking know stupid. very narrow minded.

it really is funny to watch the hater, watching you grasp at straws and nitpick away to try to justify your hate. sitting there behind your computer screen writing how you hate so much this guy that you dont even know. sad man, you look ugly right now. hes 25 years old and on a huge stage, all things considered hes doing really well. his overall behavior has been really impressive. enjoy it man, be happy for him.

anyway i dont think theres much more to say, my dude jones pretty much owned all your asses in the helwani interview. WAR BONES. keep hatin'.
gearin- September 4, 2012 at 10:22 am
all this crying over jones is so shocking. i love it its hilarious especially after hearing the bones interview, he was totally right about everything. chael just talked his way in, fuck that thats so stupid. he ended up looking really good at the end of all this. and no matter what he does theres going to be people criticizing him, and hes dealt with more criticism than any other fighter i can remember, and hes dealt with it pretty gracefully. im seriously impressed with the way hes handled it publicly but at the end of the day what matters is what happens in his fights. i think hes right about if he beats vitor then this is going to just be over.
ArmFarmer- September 4, 2012 at 7:19 am
I like the hell out of GSP by the way, he seems like an all around cool ass dude. I don't even mind that ever since Serra caught him his fights have been snoozfests. Ok I do mind, they are pretty boring, but I still think GSP is a cool dude and Jones is a sniveling hypocritical fake ass brat. I think his reaction to Rashad coming in the cage after he won the belt was where it started.. "waa.. rashad ruined my moment.. I just won the belt at like 23 but I'm just going to pout about rashad.. waaaa"
Nippletwist- September 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm
well people who actually know jones in real life seem to think hes a really great guy.
ArmFarmer- September 4, 2012 at 7:16 am
I'm allowed to not like someone. A fighters skills in the cage and who they are as a person are two unrelated things. I don't deny that Anderson and Jones are the two best fighters in the world today and never have. I still don't like them. I don't like Jones because he acts like a fake ass brat. Watching a Jones interview is like watching one of those retarded mtv "reality" shows like next, just a bunch of bad acting and scripted bs. I don't hate him because he's good, I just dislike him because his personality rubs me the wrong way. Maybe you faggots should cry more about it.. waaaa
hitekredneck- September 4, 2012 at 5:27 am
Here's my issue. I understand why he didn't want to fight sonnen on 8 days notice. But when you hold that belt, and you fight for a living, the Champ should take whatever fights are offered to prove you ARE the Champ. Whenever and whoever. You are supposed to be the best in the world at what you do, so do it!
half_dead- September 4, 2012 at 2:07 am
I always find it funny watching people trying to find reasons to not like the best fighters. People just always want to put down the best guy. Everyone has a big mouth like their opinions matter, they forget their just commenting on a website, its like they really think theyre involved in the sport just by saying some stuff on the internet. Jones is the best guy in his division and one of the best overall. Everyones mad he wouldn't fight sonnen. Tons of guys have turned town tons of fights. A lot of guys including sonnen turned down the fight with jones on the 22nd. They dont receive the same attacks jones gets though. This is what happens when you're the best and all eyes are on you, people following the sport want to attack you. I saw it happen with fedor, gsp, silva, now jones, all the best guys. As a fan off mma i love jones, hes one of the most exciting interesting fighters ive seen, and all the controversy around him just makes me want to watch him more. It just adds to his badass persona to me. You can look a lot of great athletes and the same thing always happens to them. Not even just sports the best are envied and hated in all areas of life, you see it in most places. Im really just happy and excited to see such a talented entertaining guy fight. And i dont know many fighters more exciting than jon jones,
Mr_Misanthropy- September 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm
Mmmmm... natto and kimchi...
ArmFarmer- September 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm
Omg what is wrong with you guys. No way im reading all that. I got through like 4 sentences of a Nippletwist comment thats all my attention span can handle. You keep talking about how no one can come up with valid reasons for their argument.. What argument are you even talking about? Ive just been saying you need to spit out jones nuts to catch a breathe every once in a while. Do you think im trying to prove that chael is better than jones? Few people think that, thats why its bullshit he declined an easy figt. I dont like jones because hes fake and hes a shitty actor and he just comes off cheezy and obnoxious.. And hes a big hypocrate. I like chael because hes fake but it's fucking hilarious and he makes people more interested in the sport and otherwise mediocre fights. Honest truth though, if both of them retired tomorrow I would have no feelings whatsoever on the matter. Like i said, you care way too much. Also, you DID say a few articlws back how tall handsome and charismatic jones is, so im pretty sure ur in the closet.
Pen Fifteen- September 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm
Nice try charles, with your attempt at using "logic" and "facts" to expose JJ as a "hypocritical douche"; didn't you see that Nippletwist is in college? Fuck, he'll probably come back at you with some Sartrean existentialist shit about ontological metaphorology, or perhaps refer you to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, or make it clear that you don't have a clue about the systems theory of fluid dynamics. Either way, what matters is that you don't stand a chance against his ivory tower training. Better give up now before he serves you with another 7 or 8 posts.
charles- September 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm
hahaha, good point. i guess college boy will fly over all of our arguments.
charles- September 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Nippletwist, I find you amusing enough to reply to you. To be honest, I stopped reading your inane comments after the first few, upon noticing you were simply repeating the same things over and over again.

While you are certainly entitled to your opinion that UFC 151's cancellation was squarely Hendo's fault, you must also realize that your opinion is not justified by the facts. Please read my previous comment, where I somewhat laid out some other reasons as to WHY people hate JJ. It is not as simple as everyone being "haters," as you so eloquently, repeatedly put it.

Summed up, JJ is a lying hypocritical douche. There really is no "double standard," as you stated earlier. Where exactly is the double standard? Has another elite champion of a sport talked so highly of himself regarding a possible DUI, then proceeded to be arrested for a DUI in the following month? Has a champion tweeted "I will never turn down a fight," and then directly proceeded to turn down a fight the following week?

In any case, if you possess any sort of intelligence, you will realize that although JJ's actions may SEEM to be understandable, in the whole, they were not. This includes all of his lies, hypocritical behavior, and cockiness. People don't like those traits no matter who they come from, and there is no real double standard to be found.
smellypiratehooker- September 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm
I'm sorry guys. How could you have known that you were dealing with someone on such a high plane of intelligence
smellypiratehooker- September 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm
This article does not deserve anywhere near 74 comments. ENABLERS!!
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm
lol wow you actually made a copy of my username. youre like officially obsessed with me. cant say i blame you tho, i am one cool motherfucker
highkid- September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm
i don't really pay attention to the drama out of the fights. i just like jones because all his fights ive seen have been really exciting, he does like really cool crazy shit that other dudes dont even try. and he fucks up like everybody he fights too.
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm
exactly dude, its like people just want to hate him so bad theyre looking for any reason
highkid- September 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm
we are on the internet here, theres all kinds of stupid people out there you know...
and this kind of thing really happens to all celebrities, its just life in the public eye, you get scrutinized more, part of the price you pay for fame, its not really fair but its how things are.
NippIetwist- September 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm
Fucking CP and their fancy username fonts. So close...
NippIetwist- September 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm
OK guys, I can't keep up this charade any longer. I'm totally hot for Jon Jones. I think he's the sexiest piece of ass this side of Chinese water polo team. I spend all my days at the cement factory fantasizing about his footlong hotdog and how good it would feel sliding between my unshaven ass cheeks. I want him to tattoo Philippians 4:13 on the inside of my rectum with his vanilla man-syrup. I imagine him and Greg Jackson eifel-towering me in the center of the Octagon until Mike Goldberg screams "IT'S ALLLLL OVER! I could go on and on...but it looks like it's time for me to finish my salami with mayo sandwich and get back to the gravel pit. I'll be back to share more of my fantasies with you later.
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm
lol do tell more of your fantasys
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm
im in college
RSparrow- September 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Nippletwist, you haven't graduated high school yet have you?
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm
like what did he ever do that was so bad? i just dont get it
Mr_Misanthropy- September 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm
He died for our sins. I want to die for my own sins!

Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm
seriously whats with all the jones haters lately? he seems like a pretty cool guy to me, who cares if he didnt fight sonnen? sonnen sucks.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Hate is fun.
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm
changing your minds not the point dummy. im just showing that your dumb haters and that all your hate of jones is unsubstantiated. and yeah i think i did win, because thats all youve been capable of, you still dont have shit to say. so like yeah mission accomplished i guess, my points been pretty well made. i dunno where to really go from here, but like we can totally continue this im stuck at work for another 3 hours and ill probably be on the internet the whole time and this does actually make my day go by a little faster, so entertain me. say some dumb stuff, ill explain why its dumb.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm
I'm really getting a little worried about your mental state.
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm
bwaahhh like i give a shit
Pen Fifteen- September 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Actually, on second though, please keep reposting quotes by people who agree with you. If you can repost every single comment by every person who has agreed with you since UFC 151 was cancelled, give me an exact tally of the votes up and down each received, a series of graphs showing search trends for "Jon Jones sucks" versus "Jon Jones is awesome", a cover letter and resume, and a letter of permission from your mom, we'll call it even.
Pen Fifteen- September 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm
In case you haven't figured it out Nippletwist, you're not going to change anyone's mind, we're just going to fuck with you every chance we get, because you clearly think you're going to "win." At this point, it's amusing to watch you chase your tail.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm
Explosive diarrhea keyboard syndrome.
Nippletwist- September 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm
wow look theyre all saying the same things as me. but theyre all all just whiney jones dick suckers right? because if someone disagrees with your retard opinions theyre just "crying". guess what people arent all lame haters like you.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Just because a bunch of Nazis had a gas burning Jews does it make it right?