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UFC 151 Aftermath (?): Jones Opens As -475 Favorite Over Machida While His Peers Tear Him a New One

(Suddenly, the decision to sponsor this guy seems like not so great of an idea.) 

Boy oh boy, have the events of this afternoon trapped everyone in a glass case of emotion or what? We’re going to forgo the typical “aftermath” aspect of this…aftermath, because suffice it to say, you are already aware of what has gone down. Looking ahead, it appears Jon Jones will be facing Lyoto Machida (again) at UFC 152 in Toronto (again). It also appears that all of the claims that “Lyoto TOTALLY won a round against Bones, you guys” — as if he, you know, didn’t get sliced open and choked unconscious shortly thereafter — have had some effect on the bookies. At least for now.

BestFightOdds currently has Jones listed between -475 and -485 for his rematch with “The Dragon,” which is actually not as bad (for Machida, at least) as the -600 Jones was listed at when these two first squared off. Who knows how far that number will sway in the next few weeks, but we’re guessing it will only increase in Jones’ favor as time passes.

But that’s not the story here. The real story is that, due to the cancellation of UFC 151, a lot of fighters are getting royally screwed. Sure, the UFC could reimburse them with their show money (as if they’re not losing a shitload of it already), but these fighters rely on sponsorship money to truly put them in the green. That money has seemingly dissapeared, and man are they pissed about it. After all, when you only fight a few times a year (at best) for next-to-nothing, missing a fight can have serious financial consequences. And the poor saps who will now be missing another paycheck are letting Jones have it on Twitter.

Here are just a few reactions.

Michael Bisping: “Jones said he’s not fighting chael on 8 days notice. I did. …. Just sayin”

Did I just become a Bisping fan?! Jesus, I don’t even know what is real anymore.

Jeff Houghland: @JonnyBones Can I at least get one of your new Nike T-shirts? I’ll give it to my kid since I won’t have any money for her school clothes.

Kyle Noke: Im no longer fighting. the whole @ufc 151 card is cancelled. Sorry to all fans who bought flight, hotel, and fight tickets.#heartbroken

Charlie Brenneman: Me n @Rick_Story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?!@ufc

@JonnyBones u can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ. Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks. @ufc

Joe Rogan: I am completely bewildered that Jon Jones didn’t accept the fight with Chael Sonnen. Never saw that coming in a million years. Now the entire UFC card is scrapped because Jones didn’t accept a fight with a 185lb’er who is completely out of shape. WOW. Just wow.

It should be known that due to UFC 151′s cancellation, Rogan’s show at the Mandalay Bay events center planned for that weekend was also cancelled.

Josh Barnett: If I was in Jones’ shoes I’d have said “Bring me the contract and I’ll bring you his head.”. To me, the scenario was far in Jones’ favor

Perhaps the most scathing tweets sent were those of TUF Live winner Michael Chiesa. You remember him, right?

@JonnyBones is a fraud. He’s all about his $$ but he won’t take a fight with @sonnench who would bring in WAY more $$? He’s scared, period.

99.999% of @ufc fighters will be “company men” and help our organization if needed. @sonnench is a company man,@JonnyBones is selfish.

Max Holloway: Something doesnt make sense Jones said he doesnt wanna fight machida cause he dont wanna be a broke fighter. Now hes not getting paid at all.

Vinny Magalhaes: How to piss Dana White off #BonesKnows

Wait a minute, as I’m writing this, Luke Thomas just tweeted the following:

Under NAC 467.259, the UFC seems to be obligated to reimburse all of those fighters under their bout agreements…

Well, that’s good to know. I’m going to let this stew over a bevy of beverages. Until tomorrow, Potato Nation…

-J. Jones

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davros- August 28, 2012 at 3:54 am
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RearNakedSpoon- August 24, 2012 at 9:19 am
"No longer accepting emails"
RearNakedSpoon- August 24, 2012 at 9:17 am
Jon Jones ?@jonjones
haha! The UFC fighter Jon Jones backed out of a fight and now I'm getting flooded with horrible, cruel insults because people think I'm him.
ArmFarmer- August 24, 2012 at 6:26 am
@soultaker While it's possible you are right, that's a terrible comparison. Silva is an elite striker/jiu jitsu middleweight fighter with poor to average take down defense. Jones is an elite striker/wrestler that probably has a difficult cut to make 205lb, and has never been taken down. While both are the best in their division and share some similarities (mostly being tall, lanky, and black..), they are completely different fighters with completely different strengths and weaknesses. Just because Sonnen was able to take down a middleweight striker that's throwing flying knees and jump kicks, doesn't mean he can take down Jones.
RearNakedSpoon- August 24, 2012 at 5:00 am
I hope Belfort pulls out with 8 days to go and they offer him Sonnen again but Sonnen declines the fight this time, and so does everyone else at LHW. The interim belt then becomes to real belt as the whole division boycotts Jones and he loses all sponsors and his fortune. #dicknailed
cwr- August 24, 2012 at 4:19 am
Machida has declined the fight and Jones will now face Belfort at UFC 152. Drama, drama.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 24, 2012 at 4:12 am
I know all this BS is not entirely BaJonsi's fault, but here's the deal. The guy talks all the time about his "greatness" and his "legacy" and also money ( as many other people have pointed out). He came off a full training camp without any problems, he was ready to fight. How do you build a legacy? By kicking people's asses and winning fights. You have to build up the image or mystique of being unstoppable. If he truly was trying to build his legacy (which I think he certainly has the skills to do) he would take on all comers, no questions asked, and beat them. I think he could easily beat Chael Sonnen. Every time he steps in the cage he is getting paid, every fight he wins is another notch in his belt and a potentially larger pay check. If he was a real badass he would beat Chael and Machida in the same month, just to prove a point. Not too long ago some of the best guys were fighting multiple times in a night. I think multiple fights in a day are excessive, but twice in a month is not bad if you don't get any bad injuries and you are already in fighting shape. This guy is nowhere near on Silva's level to be picking title contenders. Defend your belt another 6 or 7 times and maybe you should get cut a little slack.
Nippletwist- August 25, 2012 at 10:14 am
babalu didnt have too much trouble with chaels skillset when he submitted him the last time chael fought at 205. babalu sobrals much more dangerous than jon jones though, right? lol sonnen nuthuggers are so diluded, this guy hasnt beaten anyone important, and he never finishes fights. he is the obnoxious douchebag version of jake shields.
towelie- August 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm
I laugh everytime i hear someone talk about Jon Jones legacy. dude is fucking 25, and defended the belt 3 times.
Dizzylittlelord- August 24, 2012 at 3:13 am
jones did the right thing. he had nothing to gain from fighting sonnen. dana and the ufc have thrown him under the bus here, its a little ridiculous
soultaker- August 24, 2012 at 1:20 am
The reason why this pussy Jones and Jackson backed out is because they know better. Chael would give him a run for his money or beat him. If Chael gave Silva a run for his money then he can definately do it to Jones. Silva will go down as one of the best fighters of all time and a legend. Chael is the ONLY one that came close to beating him in his prime. I despise Jones for playing it safe. From this point forward, I will watch Jones to see him lose. He should have stepped up and fought. Your champ. I don't want to see you put on the "best" show. FIGHT and defend your title. This will kill his legacy.
ArmFarmer- August 24, 2012 at 6:23 am
You can't compare sonnen's performance against silva to how he would do against jones.. You are comparing an elite striker/jiu jitsu skinny middleweight fighter with poor to average takedown defense, to an elite striker/wrestler that has a relatively difficult cut to make 205lb and has never been taken down. Sonnen held advantages over Silva on paper.. he holds little or no advantages over Jones on paper.
rlh61- August 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm
Crow42...if he wanted to cement it, he'd fight him. Based on his actions, I think Jones would have turned down almost any late notice fill-in.
Newbs09- August 23, 2012 at 10:48 pm
Now its Belfort vs Jones lol. WTF Machida turned down his fight
JayJitsu310- August 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm
Yep, guess Boner gets to keep his belt a little longer. Belfort's a dead man, a courageous one, but a dead man nonetheless
wwhitekimbo- August 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm
if right now jon jones set himself on fire would he finally get some fans and would dw walk across the street to piss on him . i love watching this sport go up in flames
Crow42- August 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Fuck Sonnen let him wait in line for his shot , man just got the opportunity to fight cause he is on fire now . Why have no one else stepped up ? No one in the LHW division that dumb enough to step to jones thats why.Sonnen being the showman he is , steps in to get demolished. Yea I said it Bones would rape Sonnen on so many levels , I won't even get to in to that . I don't understand why everyone calling jones pussy . He knows he can beat Sonnen , he just wants to cement it.
rlh61- August 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm
Coming up with a gameplan isn't rocket science...and he's in shape since he was prepping for a fight anyway. How much would he really do different in training if he had 21 days notice instead of 9?
ArmFarmer- August 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm
I take that back, I'm familiar with most of the fighters, I just don't care.
ArmFarmer- August 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm
It is a shockingly abysmal card... I've been steadily becoming less and less a hardcore fan. Lately I've either been live streaming, or just finding the top few fights online an hour after the event. There are plenty of ways to see fights for free if the ufc wants to water down their events to the point even someone that spends their life on an mma forum doesn't know who 75% of the fighters are...
BHOP- August 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm
I agree with SethF 100%. This is both the fault of the UFC and Jon Jones. Jon Jones ducked sonnen like a bitch even though he still would have been a huge ppv draw. However the UFC fucked up when they slapped together a card with 1 good fight along with a bunch of fighters who the casual viewer wouldn't know and shell out $49.95 for. Jon Jones is a pussy, through and through, respect for Chael for at least stepping up like a true fighter.
joshuan29- August 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

If you think Jones would walk right through Sonnen like he has everyone else you are an idiot. Chael's skill set is a nightmare for everyone: An incredible wrestler with endless cardio, good boxing, and an iron chin (spinning backfist and knee to the face/neck/chest be damned).
Jones knows that Sonnen is at a more natural weight at 205. He knows that he will not be able to ragdoll Sonnen and hold him down. He knows that Chael will be constantly on him trying to drag him down and smother him or will die trying. He knows that if Chael gets him down once it will likely be the end of that round because while JJ is supremely athletic, Chael's fundamental wrestling base is pretty much off the charts. He also knows that he will not be able to submit Chael from guard. Add all that up and it = this. You guys might think Jones would walk through Chael. But Jones, and Greg Jackson know different.

Having said all that, Jones should win the fight with Chael based on pure physical tools. But if you're counting the heart factor, I believe Jones showed us today who has more of it between the two. Jon showed everyone he does not have the heart of a champion. Is not willing to take on all comers. And he certainly doesn't seem to beleive he can beat any 205 pounder in the world on any given day. Oh and BTW: If you spend 7 rounds in the octagon with the GOAT, and 6 of them are spent with you beating the hell out of him, I believe that affords you the opportunity to stay around the top of the heap for atleast a little while. Sure other LHW are more deserving of the shot, but tell me one that would've provided a more interesting main event than Jones vs. Sonnen.

Call me a nuthugger or whatever but if you just step back and look at it it is what it is. Jones was training for a guy with a similar skill set as Sonnen. Hendo has more power and more experience. Sonnen has better wrestling and is quicker and more atheletic but they are extrememely similar. Jones was scarred to fight Chael. And that is very disappointing to see from your LHW champ.
Nippletwist- August 25, 2012 at 10:09 am
lol chael sonnen hasnt beaten anybody important hes only relevant because of how much shit he talks and how he lost to anderson twice. jon jones is way fucking bigger than chael, theres no way chael would be able to control him on the ground. rampage, and rashad couldnt even get close enough to him to get him down. the last four guys jon jones dominated were legends, bigger and more skilled fighters than chael sonnen. it would be funny to watch chael get beat down and lose again but it would just really be a stupid fight. judging from how chael looked against bisping he would get eaten alive against vitor, vitors a more interesting match for jon because theres a chance he could at catch jones and hurt him with his speed and power.
holeeball- August 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm
You're a nuthugger. You're welcome.
Crow42- August 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm
U retards should be mad at Dana , it seems he is the one who shifted the blame to Jones. Yea jones didn't accept the fight request but that was his choice. Dana should have hurried and pull something outta his ass(the man probably have every viable fighter in the world on his jock or kissing his ass)
( But Instead of salvaging the PPV for the sake of the other fighters , he cancels it and takes his disgust for jones and his trainer public)
If that's not a spoiled cry baby I don't know what is.
I for one is glad BONES didn't bend over for the boss (like everyone else does)
Texascrazyhorse- August 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm
What a BITCH! I used to be a fan (still think he is a phenominal fighter) but I cant support someone who wont fight someone. He literally put himself infront of all of the people depending on this card. This is conduct unbecoming a champion and he should be stripped of the belt.
MoeFugger- August 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm
Bones is soon to be a broke ass athlete
Knurft- August 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm
Jones claims he's a businessman right? Treat him like one, he refused to do his job, fire his ass.
Casa de los pantelones- August 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm
How many days, exactly, does it take to come up with a game plan? Chael is going to come at you, brawl with you, try to take you down and pound on you. There should be no choices on who you fight if they are in your weight class. You fight who your employer tells you to fight. Mad that you might lose? Get better than.
sschulz23- August 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm
I am boycotting Jon Jones cards from here on out. Jon Jones = Self-centered prick. Greg Jackson = Sport Killer
RwilsonR- August 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm
@ ArmFarmer - to further your point about Hughes, he wasnt even training for a fight, and took a fight against a fresh and in shape Thiago Alves on three weeks notice to save an event for the UFC that was originally supposed to be Liddell vs Shogun as the main event, then Liddell vs Rashad after Shogun got injured, then Liddell got injured and they needed a name fighter to headline. Then Alves weighed in 6 pounds heavy, but Hughes, who didn't even have a real training camp to get on weight, sweated it out and he made weight and still went through with a fight against someone who was essentially a middleweight. Alves apparently said he hurt his ankle 6 days prior, but never bothered to be professional and tell Hughes' team that they should stop cutting weight, too, so that he could further exhaust Hughes to his advantage. Say what you want about Matt Hughes, but he never dodged anyone.
JayJitsu310- August 23, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Hughes is more of a "Fighter" than Jones ever will be. Jones is going to lose once and fade away like a broken dream