Originally Posted by Liddellianenko
Not that different.
This fight is to save a main event heavy card, so was that.
Jones had everything to lose and nothing to gain, so does Mitrione or anyone who steps up on short notice for nothing but a few brownie points with completely ungrateful short-memory fans and boss.
Jones hadn't been training for a guy known for his MMA takedowns, neither has Matt. Jones though had only a week to train specifically for Chael, Mitrione would have more than a month.
The main difference is this fight is being offered around to more than one fighter (imagine that!) and Mitrione isn't being scapegoated. Also Cormier doesn't happen to be the best friend of the guy that mysteriously hid his injury for weeks before pulling out, and also a trash talking douche who didn't deserve the shot in the least, but lets overlook that as well.
Like it or not champions have a higher expectation put on them. They are expected to take on the big fights. Jon was in a training camp to fight a wrestler and was offered a wrestler. Jon is also the best fighter in the world at LHW.... anyone they put in front of him is well with in his capability to beat.
Matt is a mid-tier fighter, being offered a shot at a top level fighter who he admits is over his head.
It was Jones card... he was expected to carry UFC 151.... this is not Matt's card... he was simply asked if he would step in.