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Dan Henderson blasts Jones for refusing to "step up"

Dan Henderson blasts Jones for refusing to
August 23rd 2012

Dan Henderson says he was “shocked” to learn that Jon Jones had refused to accept Chael Sonnen as a stand-in opponent for September 1.

A replacement was necessary because Henderson sustained a knee injury and had to pull out of the UFC 151 main event. Sonnen offered to step in on eight days notice and the UFC initially thought the event was saved - until Jones refused to fight him on that date.

“This is the first time that the champion wouldn't step up and fight, and I was pretty shocked to hear that. It's not like he's injured,” said an incredulous Henderson.

“It's unbelievable to me that he wouldn't take that 'the show must go on' attitude. If there was any way I could have gone, and any way that I thought I could give myself a chance to compete, I would have done that.”

As a result, the UFC decided today to cancel the event. It is the first time in the history of the company that they have had to cancel an event, including even the SEG era when it was sometimes necessary to move shows across state lines at the last minute because of legal interference. 

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  • Robbo4614

    Posted at 09:06 on August 25th 2012

    A true champion would be willing to test himself against any opponent. Even on 8 days notice. Chael Sonnen has the same fighting atributes of Dan Henderson so where's the problem. He has had a training camp and trained ti fight a wrestler. I think he is beginning to believe his press rather than stay humble and keep his feet firmly on the ground. I am a Jon Jones fan, but he needs to man up.

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  • Daver

    Posted at 21:37 on August 27th 2012

    A true champion would be willing to test himself against any opponent. Even on 8 days notice. Chael Sonnen has the same fighting atributes of Dan Henderson so where's the problem. He has had a training camp and trained ti fight a wrestler. I think he is beginning to believe his press rather than stay humble and keep his feet firmly on the ground. I am a Jon Jones fan, but he needs to man up.

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  • daver

    Posted at 21:41 on August 27th 2012

    Ooops, Yeah, I agree - when you are "the best in the world" in your weight class you have a certain obligation. There is no shame in Jon saying he, (Jones) fights for money, his family and such, but he also fights for the fans and the UFC..Dana also needs to get it through his thick skull that he's running these events too thin, you can't have a PPV like this hanging on 2 guys...the UFC is becoming too watered down.

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