That isn't really the point. We know Jon Jones can't cancel the card, but the UFC had no choice because he wouldn't play ball. UFC is partly to blame, yes, but they would do this event Sept 1 if they could.
People seem to think this is just an elaborate plan by Dana and the UFC to bash Jon Jones and Greg Jackson. Kind of an expensive smear campaign, dont you think?
And to say we are oversimplifying this whole deal is ridiculous. Greg Jackson is really just overcomplicating things. This is probably why he comes up with gameplans of running away from the fight... when its a fight...??? Another reason why Dana hates this clown. These guys are fighters, but they are starting to act like they are reinventing the wheel here.
Jon Jones apologists are also overcomplicating this thing. All he had to do was fight a guy on short notice... that's all. Instead he is too scared to lose his belt. You are a champion. Act like you know you are the best.
Furthermore, Jon Jones basically contradicted himself in every tough guy statement he has ever made. Another reason why he looks silly.
The UFC did not have their hands tied, period. They didn't prepare for an emergency and they decided to cancel the whole event. They could've just had the event anyway and taken the heat for not being prepared. INSTEAD they throw Jon under the bus and cancel the whole event.
I was saying it's an oversimplification of MMA to suggest that training for Dan Henderson is the same as training for Chael Sonnen. It IS an oversimplification. Jon is being smart in not chancing his belt and all of his hard work and training by throwing it out the door because the UFC did plan for an emergency in the main event.
Shogun and Machida BOTH refused to fight Jones because they are aware that a championship fight is not something to just jump into without PROPER training for a particular fighter. Nobody wants to be sloppy in their decision making when it comes to championship fights.