According to UFC president Dana White (Pictured), Jon Jones’ brand new Nike pants are on fire because White claims he’s a liar, lair. During Thursday’s UFC 152 pre-fight press conference, which White wasn’t able to attend, Jones stated the organization never informed him they were going to cancel UFC 151 if he declined a last-second fight against Chael Sonnen to salvage the September 1st event.
When asked if he would have accepted the challenge had he known the promotion would scrap their first show since taking the reins in 2001, Jones acted as though he was never provided with all of the information.
“I really don’t know,” Jones said after taking seven long seconds contemplating the question. “I don’t know if it would have made much of a difference if they had told me. But they didn’t tell me that they were going to cancel the fight.”
Well, White was present for Friday’s weigh-ins and he informed FUEL TV that Jones knew exactly what was going to happen if he shunned Sonnen.
“I’m glad he said some things,” White expressed. “I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. It was false that he didn’t know that UFC 151 would be canceled if he didn’t take the fight. I told him it would.
“I think he’s acting like he’s taking it all very lightly. I don’t know if he’s embarrassed. There was a lot of collateral damage from the fallout. He needs to take it seriously. There’s been a lot of fans turn on him.”
White can say that again. When Jones took the mic to address the crowd after tipping the scale, he was greeted by a chorus of boos, as well as a boisterous “Jon Jones sucks” chant.
Jones was slated to meet with his boss prior to today’s festivities, but White changed things up and chatted with his golden boy after. According to multiple reports, their conversation “went well.”
I wonder if their talk would have went as smoothly if Jones knew White had called him out once again…
In any event, it appears they have put their differences aside – at least for the time being. Jones will surely be asked about White’s accusation at Saturday’s post-fight presser. It will be interesting to hear his response with White standing just inches from him.
Jones defends his throne against Vitor Belfort tomorrow night inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto.