Young Jon has stepped in a particularly stinky pile of poo. You might say he's kicked up a shit storm. This time it's not just us keyboard warriors and wizards. He has fighters pissed off and of course Zuffa but when he looks around he's going to see mainstream media with headlines like this from the New york Post:
UFC cancels event after champ Jones turns down fight, leaving prez 'disgusted'
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/the_ma...#ixzz24PCVYIKN
I just read this article at yahoo that suggests that he still has time to fix this and fight Chael.
Jon Jones Betrayed UFC, Fans and Fellow Fighters by Refusing Chael Sonnen
what y'all think?
Yes he does have time. It should be a non-title fight to salvage the event. Even Weidman and Jamie Varner (several weight classes below) offered to take it. Reading those tweets was really sad man; Houghland, Prince Albert, The Spaniard, etc. Only King Mo and Bendo had his back. Why can't Gustaf take it or if it is a title fight pay JBJ double his usual fee.
I didn't want to comment anymore on this subject, but this is something I havn't seen before on this scale. Especially because Chael is not a threat at all. He has a 5% chance of winning. JBJ would actually be made out a hero (ironically) had he truly considered this very carefully without the influence of the Sith Lord in his ears.
Beats Chael. There's no doubt in my mind about this. Chael poses no threat.
- saves the card
- major PR
buzz about a champion willing to take on all comers
- props from all sponsors, fellow fighters, media, and especially HIS BOSSES
- 100% sure JBJ gets mad bonus pays from UFC, PPV cuts, more sponsors
This is the type of scenario that puts companies out of business. No UFC = no show = no $$$
Anderson Silva took on James Irvin in a fight which had absolutely no upsides. He did it as a favor for Dana to counter the other organization.
This is a doozy...
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.