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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Ellenberger, Houghland and Hallman react to UFC 151 being cancelled

Jake Ellenberger woke up today to a queue of text messages from friends and family saying they were sorry to hear about what happened to him.

The last time he woke up to those kind of messages, his grandmother had passed away.

"So I'm thinking somebody died," Ellenberger today told "I'm thinking, 'Holy [expletive].'"

Nobody died, of course. But an event was canceled – UFC 151, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 1 before UFC President Dana White pulled the plug. Light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who was scheduled to fight Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in the headliner, refused a short-notice fight with Chael Sonnen (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and left the promotion without options.

Ellenberger didn't have any options when it came to the decision to scratch the event, nor did any other fighters scheduled for UFC 151.

"In my opinion, I don't think you should be able to choose who you fight when you're the champ," he said. "Like most cases, you shouldn't have a choice. But if you're the champ, you're the best in the world, you have the belt for a reason, and I don't think you should choose who you fight."

Despite that feeling, Ellenberger (27-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC), whose co-main-event fight with Jay Hieron (23-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) today was moved to UFC on FX 5 on Oct. 5, said he hadn't been in Jones' position and wasn't angry at him.

That wasn't the case with Jeff Hougland (15-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who was scheduled to fight Takeya Mizugaki (10-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on UFC 151's FX-televised preliminary card. He expressed anger that he was made to receive the bad news along with the rest of the world.

"I know I'm no Anderson Silva or big name in the company, but I do give my blood and sweat just like every other guy," he said. "I would have liked a phone call the day before. It just makes you feel like, man, you're just not appreciated. I'm still going to throw down. I'm still going to take years of my life and try to give the best entertainment that I can. I just thought they would call me."

On Jones: "Our lives are basically in his hands," Hougland said.

Dennis Hallman (51-14-2 MMA, 4-5 UFC), who was scheduled to fight Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) on the event's pay-per-view main card, joked that he might lose his house.

"He is a selfish jerk," the veteran said of Jones. "Fighters, we have a feast-and-famine kind of thing. When you're expected to get paid [$40,000] and you don't ... it's kind of a slap in the face. Financially, it's really devastating. For me, I've already been postponed from Aug. 11 to September, so I had to bump my bills forward and my creditors. It's kind of devastating."

In Hougland's case, it was the second time in which family and friends had booked airline tickets and hotel rooms to watch him fight, only to see a change to the event. He just put in his last day of hard training and had already gone out of pocket to fund his camp.

"They're not going to want to follow me around," he said. "I'm not going to get any sponsor money. I don't think we get 'show' money because we didn't show."

During a media teleconference announcing UFC 151's cancellation, White said that main- and preliminary-card fighters would likely be rebooked for other events, but he couldn't give specifics.

It was hardly a silver lining, though, for those who needed the money, and those who very much wanted to compete.

"The cards are lined up," Hougland said. "Are they going to screw those guys over and move them? Probably not. They're just going to push us farther back or fit us in if somebody gets hurt. I don't want a short-notice fight. I wanted to fight Mizugaki."

An injury, of course, sparked the cancelation of UFC 151. Injuries have ravaged the promotion's schedule in 2012, and several high-profile headliners have been altered. In all cases, however, the show went on, and the fighters got paid.

Earlier this year, the UFC moved UFC 145 from March in Montreal to April in Atlanta. UFC 151, however, marks the first time in the promotion's history that an event has been outright canceled.

Ellenberger praised Sonnen for offering to fight Jones on short notice. Hallman said that spirit was badly needed at the top of the food chain.

"I'm kind of disappointed that the UFC decided to market guys that aren't real fighters or are just selfish," Hallman said. "[Jones] made a stupid decision. We're fighters, and we fight."

I feel so bad for the fighters who face some economic uncertainty because of this whole debacle. Losing/postponing a paycheck, losing sponsors, going through camps for nothing... The backlash from today is just terrible :/

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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 09:34 PM
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Ellenberger is an awesome dude he wished me happy birthday when it was my birthday a few months ago on twitter. This whole thing sucks for everybody.

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I feel bad for all of these guys but Hallman and Tavares got it broke off in them big time, having gone from the Denver card to this one than back to the Denver card than back to this one.

I feel like Dana should atleast write out a 25k dollar check to these guys.

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"I don't want a short-notice fight" - Hougland

now you know how Jones felt.

I feel bad for the fighters because this is very serious for them. but i can't help but poke fun when they make comments like that.
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Originally Posted by halifaxdonair View Post
"I don't want a short-notice fight" - Hougland

now you know how Jones felt.

I feel bad for the fighters because this is very serious for them. but i can't help but poke fun when they make comments like that.
Nothing like taking one sentence out of context and butchering it to make fun of a guy.....

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Jones said he's not fighting chael on 8 days notice. I did. .... Just sayin

Daniel Cormier

Hey @DeWayneZinkin keep phone close. Wouldn't be surprised if we get a call from @ufc begging me to go down and kick his ass after mir. DC

Vinny Magalhaes

How to piss Dana White off #BonesKnows

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

marivi weidman

Chael's not the only one who stepped up to fight jones. I think I need to get my husband's head examined #UFC151

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.

Joe Rogan

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.

Benson Henderson

For all the ppl who don't understand the SPORT of MMA (@ufc)...ask an NFL team to play the Superbowl vs a not worthy opponent...

Benson Henderson

Sorry fans but this is a big $ business & making the right choices can be difference between kids college tuition paid to MCHammer...

Benson Henderson

So please quit disparaging my boy's EASY to say u'd put it all on the line but he actually has & does...#respect homie

Jeff Hougland

Wait am I not fighting?? Please say it ain't so I got bills to pay @ufc !

Nik Lentz Ufc mma

Give me a full training camp and replace my opponent with a 135 pound guy and give him 8 days to train....sign me up!!!!!! #UFC151

Charlie Brenneman

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

Charlie Brenneman

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

Henry Martinez

I train my ass off I sacrifice myself&my family and my fights get canceled and sponsors bullshit me and don't pay. #UFC151canceled #livid

Shane Roller

Just heard the news. I got flights, hotels, tons of stuff I have 2 take care of. Just finished my last hard practice. Hope it's not true.

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.

King Mo

@JonnyBones been entertainin yall and he makes one decision for himself and these idiots wanna bash him. Kill yourself

kurt pellegrino

I had two fights in the @ufc canceled 3 and 6 days before my fight and I still fought them both and Won

Joe Lauzon

I would be pissed if I was on #UFC151

Jeff Hougland

@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.

Josh Barnett

Plus w/all the money Jones would've gotten from that fight he couldv'e afforded to have crashed at least 3 more Bentley GT's.
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Jones is a selfish jerk and whatnot? Some of these guys need to chill out. Sure he could've accepted the fight but the UFC pretty much put this card on Jones' hand. Jones was looking out for his future, the rest of the 10 guys are UFC's problem, not only his.

I hope Dana chucks in on the other fighters. His got loads of money, yet he shows signs of concern that these guys wont get paid.

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No offense to some of these fighters, but when I see 'get paid 40,000 and having to post pone bills and creditors' I get the feeling that he isn't saving any money at all. A lot of families have to get by with 40k, not to mention he gets that couple times a year + any bonus + sponsor. If you can't save up money to pay your bills between fights, something is wrong.

I don't like living paycheck to paycheck, nothing against those that do...
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We know where Ellenberger and Hierson are being removed to, wish we did with Hallman, Tavares and the rest.

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I really dislike the comments from King Mo and Bendo. Especially since Bendo shouldn't even be champ IMO.
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