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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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One of my heroes defends Jon Jones

I've had a lot of fun picking on Jon lately because,...it's a lot of fun.

But since I first met him in 1999, when Pat Militich speaks I listen carefully.

and say yes sir a lot.

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ďI understand the pressure that Zuffa is under with the Fox deal, FX deal, and all that stuff. By putting on a massive number of cards, I think theyíve stretched themselves a bit thin. The quality of the cards has gone down, and I think everybody has noticed that, not just myself. When you have a card that is only carried by one match, given the attrition rate in MMA, the injuries in training, they kind of set themselves up for the fall.

They need to hold themselves accountable. Itís become a bit of a habit, of late, by the leaders, to blame others for their problems, instead of letting people hold them accountable. Itís across the board in a lot of different spectrums of life right now.

I think that Jon Jones not taking a fight with a guy whoís not five foot eleven, heís six foot two, or six foot three, whatever he is, heís much bigger than Henderson, is ok. Heís younger and probably moves a little better. Dan, obviously can kill a bull with his right hand, but heís a little older now, and Sonnen is a lefty, so itís really a different fight.

I think Jon Jones had nothing to gain in that fight. Sonnen, moving to a different weight division, having not fought there for quite a long time, and competing at 185, hasnít earned the right in the first place. I think Jon Jones was well within his rights, and I back Jackson on the decision that he made and the advice that he gave Jones to pull out of the fight. It doesnít do the UFC any good to chop the legs out from possibly their biggest star, because he doesnít take a last minute replacement fight. There was nothing to gain for his career. I think itís organizational suicide to do that to your biggest star.Ē
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 05:06 PM
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Wow.

Thumbs up to Pat Militich for not jumping on the bandwagon.
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post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 05:10 PM
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I want to rep Pat Miletich. Pretty much exactly how i feel.

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I agree with Pat on quite a few points although I really think in the end Jones could have been a company guy instead of super selfish and took the fight which was very winnable for him.

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post #5 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 05:56 PM
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It's funny how when Pat Miletich says this people starting applauding him. I've been saying that exact thing since day 1 and anybody who is a freethinker and doesn't buy into Dana White's narrative like a sheep can see that the reality of the situation was not the calamity it had been made out to be.

Props to Miletich, Bendo, and King Mo for keeping it real and recognizing the truth. Hopefully everybody else will slowly come to terms and stop giving Bones so much unwarranted grief.
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post #6 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 06:19 PM
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Was it the worst thing ever? No.

But it isn't the way to gain fans. Or keep fans for that matter.

There have been countless guys who have taken fights on short notice at much more of a disadvantage than Jones ever would have had in a Sonnen fight. Guys used to fight twice a night.

Do I hate Jon Jones for turning down a fight? No. Perhaps he did get too much grief. But it was really a great chance to back up what he has preached. And a real great chance to prove many of his already critics wrong. And a real great chance to earn some new fans. And he just said no because he doesn't want to risk anything when the gain was FAR FAR greater.
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post #7 of 48 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 06:25 PM
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It's funny how when Pat Miletich says this people starting applauding him. I've been saying that exact thing since day 1 and anybody who is a freethinker and doesn't buy into Dana White's narrative like a sheep can see that the reality of the situation was not the calamity it had been made out to be.

Props to Miletich, Bendo, and King Mo for keeping it real and recognizing the truth. Hopefully everybody else will slowly come to terms and stop giving Bones so much unwarranted grief.
So we either agree with you or we are sheep? No grey area?

It doesn't matter what Pat says. Bones would have been no less prepared for Sonnen as Sonnen was for Bones. If anything, he would have been more prepared. So, for all this talk about the disadvantages for Bones, what about the things going against Sonnen?

It's not Jons fault the card was a mess and was cancelled. But it still leaves the fact that he didn't think he could beat Chael. I find this attitude a bit of a let down.
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I think a lot of people were just disappointed that Jones decided to be a businessman over being a fighter. With the way he talks about himself, you'd never expect him to pull out of a fight when he's healthy.
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I think a lot of people were just disappointed that Jones decided to be a businessman over being a fighter. With the way he talks about himself, you'd never expect him to pull out of a fight when he's healthy.
Exactly. Nothing more, nothing less.
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I think a lot of people were just disappointed that Jones decided to be a businessman over being a fighter. With the way he talks about himself, you'd never expect him to pull out of a fight when he's healthy.
Agree with this.
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