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Old 04-26-2011, 07:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Jon Jones Ducks Rashad Evans

Here's an interesting take on the situation and some good points about Jones' injury and sense of timing.

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As reported by Neil Davidson on twitter today, Jon Jones has pulled out of his fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 133. The reported reason is a torn ligament in his hand from his win over Mauricio Rua. There's some real questions regarding the timing after Jones has been building up his fight with Evans for the past month only to finally break the news that he's getting surgery on an injured hand.

Hand injuries can take up to 10 weeks to heal properly which would place the timing of a return to full sparring around mid-May which makes the announcement all the more interesting. A may return to full sparring would still allow for an 8 week camp for the fight with Rashad Evans, a normal camp length for most fighters. With Jones having spent the past month building up his fight with various claims of being the superior fighter at Jackson's MMA and having to take it easy on Rashad when sparring, it definitely seems like an odd time to pull out of a fight.

Replacing Jones is Phil Davis, a fighter who is quickly making a name for himself in the UFC with solid performances since making his debut at UFC 109. It appears that Zuffa has removed the training wheels and is ready to toss Davis into the upper echelon of the 205. A fight with Evans is essentially a "no-lose" situation for Davis, who is facing a fighter who is arguably one of the best Light Heavyweight fighters to ever fight. A win would propel Davis into the title picture, while a loss wouldn't set him back immensely. The opposite is the case for Evans, if he loses to Davis, his aspirations of facing Jones are all but sunk.

Jones released an explanation via his management company:

"(The torn tissue in my right hand in the area between my thumb and forefinger) is an injury that’s been recurring since I was a college wrestler, it doesn’t affect my punching or grappling, but I am taking the time and the proper measures to correct this now, so that it doesn’t happen again. I look forward to getting back to training and to my first title defense. As for Rashad, let’s see what happens with Phil Davis. I will be watching that fight with great interest."

Rashad Evans provided a pretty tame response:

"I’m looking forward to fighting Phil Davis August 6th at UFC 133, he’s a strong wrestler and a rising star in the light heavyweight division. I wish Jon Jones a speedy recovery, he has something that belongs to me and when he’s ready, I’ll be waiting."

Now, obviously, the first major sign is that both fighters share a publicist in former Zuffa employee Jen Wenk, who has obviously kept her clients' responses as professional as possible.

Do I believe he has hand injuries from wrestling college? Sure, it's completely possible. However, when a fighter has spent time burying a former teammate, it calls into question the real reason for pulling out of the fight. The first is the fact that Jones may be taking off time to get married, which would obviously take time away from the fighting mindset. But if he was planning on getting married, why bother building up the fight in such an aggressive manner? The second is that it could be a ploy to renegotiate a contract. This wouldn't be the first time that Zuffa has dealt with a star who attempts to renegotiate after a massive media push. The third is that Jones could be legitimately hurt and just found out about the timetable recently. I obviously don't believe this and think this is a ploy from Malki Kawa.

Whatever the case, this is the biggest chance of Phil Davis' career and could be a fight that sets the tone for Rashad's future. I've been a proponent of a drop to 185 to create new interesting matchups and a loss to Davis would definitely create that opportunity. Props to both men for this fight and shame on Jones for pulling out when he has ample time to recover.
"It doesn't affect my punching or grappling" .....hmmmm


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Old 04-26-2011, 08:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Smart move by Jon Jones.
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Well - the author of this article is a RETARD!

The author of the article commented this on his own article:

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He's a ho pulling a ho move.

by Matthew Roth on Apr 25, 2011 9:17 PM EDT
I think this guy is someone who tries to create some mess (interest around his persona) by throwing some crap in the fan (ventilator).
The result of such an action is easy to envision.
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Journalism shouldn┤t be biased...

This is smack talk, plain and simple.
The journalist is a bad professional who would do better in doing nothing.
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Well - the author of this article is a RETARD!

The author of the article commented this on his own article:



I think this guy is someone who tries to create some mess (interest around his persona) by throwing some crap in the fan (ventilator).
The result of such an action is easy to envision.


I was wondering what took you so long.
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I was wondering what took you so long.

Just came home from a light workout.
I think the author of the article is a moron, honestly, at least regarding this article.

The article obtained *sub-crappy* level as soon as the author said Jones is a *HO*.

PS: and the picture is spot on

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Journalism shouldn┤t be biased...

This is smack talk, plain and simple.
The journalist is a bad professional who would do better in doing nothing.
Perfectly said.
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He's not a beat writer, and it's not journalism. It was a simple editorial aka blog, aka opinion piece.


Edit: Calling Jones a ho is definitely unprofessional, but there's nothing wrong with writing a biased editorial.
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He's not a beat writer, and it's not journalism. It was a simple editorial aka blog, aka opinion piece.


Edit: Calling Jones a ho is definitely unprofessional, but there's nothing wrong with writing a biased editorial.
If that┤s the case it should not have been posted as news.
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He's not a beat writer, and it's not journalism. It was a simple editorial aka blog, aka opinion piece.


Edit: Calling Jones a ho is definitely unprofessional, but there's nothing wrong with writing a biased editorial.
Agreed.
But, writing biased articles and on top of that calling the subject of your article a *HO* - pretty much disqualifies your article/writing (whateva' that is) and throws ZERO credibility on you/your work.

I know it's all about opinions - especially on the Internet (blogs, forums etc) - but some of them are so stupid it makes you switch to *mad mode* if you know what i mean.

Example of a retard opinion: quote from the *retard's* article --->

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Props to both men for this fight
- talking about Evans and Davis accepting to fight.

So...he gives props to Evans for accepting a fight after 15 months of absence, when Evans was the one who refused any fight for 10 months, just to be sure he will have a guaranteed title shot once Shogun returns?!?!?!

Sorry, this is beyond my power of understanding and processing things.

In the case of Phil Davis - agreed 100%. The kid has been one of the most active fighters in the last 18 months: 5 fights. One on short notice (Nogueira) and this one almost the same situation.
But, Davis is an intelligent person who knows this is a big chance for him and he has to take it.
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