MMA General Discussion Thread (UFC, Strikeforce, Dream etc...)
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08-23-2012, 04:53 PM
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You can't expect your champions to take fight's on short notice. Sure he trained, but he trained for Henderson not Sonnen.
I've never heard any other combat sport make their stars do such a thing
It seems to me the fighters themselves think it's reasonable, guys step up for replacement bouts all the time. Sonnen would of had a bigger disadvantage, he presumably hasn't been training. An couple intersting quotes courtsey of Muad'Dib:
Not only has this screwed over all the fans that bought tickets, non refundable airfare, took off work, made arrangements, etc... but think of all the fighters. Fighters that put in full camps, flew people in that helped them trains, etc. By the time I am actually fight, I spend close to 20k between corners, flights, expenses, coaches, etc... and then to have the whole show cancelled because ONE guy didn't want to fight. This ONE guy that had trained an entire camp, who was the CHAMP and at the top of his weight class, who was going to fight someone who didn't do the camp, and was fighting UP a weight class.
I have always been a big Jon Jones supporter... but I would be FURIOUS if this happenned to me and I was on the card. To call is scorched earth wouldn't do it justice.
@jonnybones u can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ. Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks. @ufc
If he's as talented as he seems to be then he ought to step up and prove it, he's not bigger than the sport. If other fighters can take on fights or change opponents on short notice, why can't he? If Royce Gracie can fight multiple guys in one night with no idea who's next, and some twice his size, i don't think Jones being matched up with a somewhat similar opponent should be considered too much of a hardship.
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