UFC 151 just got cancelled. Several things come to mind when I heard this. First, Jon Jones refusing to fight the only man who stepped up is ludicrous. Second, the UFC has stretched itself thin enough that the rest of the card was so weak that no other fight could be moved up to the main event. Third, Chael Sonnen just increased his status by actually not being a douche. Fourth, I was once a strong Jones supporter, now I am officially jumping off the bandwagon.
The one thing being overlooked by most of the media is the fact that this card was weak. Dana White and company have stretched themselves so thin that no other fight on the UFC 151 card was good enough to be elevated to the main event. The fact that the event was cancelled is not all on Jones. The UFC is as much to blame for putting together a terrible fight card. The fact that Jon Jones already isn't a popular champion who does poor pay-per-view numbers would make you think that the UFC would try to stack the card to help the pay-per-view numbers. The fact that they didn't and now the event is cancelled is at a minimum 50% the UFC's fault, probably more.
Early in Jones' career he fought multiple times in rapid succession. His first 4 fights were in less than a month. He fought 7 times in 2008. And he took his initial title shot on just over 5 weeks notice. So it's not unheard of for Jon Jones to take fights on short notice. The fact that he is in shape and currently training makes no sense to me to hurt his company, peers and fan base the way he has done.
Now, the argument can be made that Greg Jackson is right and that taking a new opponent in a title fight is not the smart move. I am able to understand the mindset that they don't have enough time to prepare for a new opponent. It doesn't however, make sense to me that all he would have to do would be to watch some tape of Sonnen, and come up with a new gameplan. That can be done easily in the 8 days before the fight.
So in my opinion, Jon Jones wussed out. He refused to fight a man who poses no real threat to beat him, screwed the UFC, his fellow fighters and all the fans who bought fight tickets, paid for lodging and plane tickets. And with in my opinion was a weak, lame excuse. Jon Jones, I no longer will be a fan.