||09-05-2012 08:29 PM
UFC President Dana White: I Don't Hate Jon Jones
Sep 4, 2012 - When last we heard from Dana White, the UFC president vented his spleen during a now-legendary media teleconference announcing the cancellation of UFC 151.
Nearly two weeks later, White had some time to cool off and think about what happened. He gave his first in-depth interview since the fallout of the Jon Jones-Dan Henderson light heavyweight title fight to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani, which aired Tuesday night on Fuel TV's "UFC Tonight."
In the course of a wide-ranging interview, White says he has no ill will toward Jones, who will defend his title against Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 152 on Sept. 22.
"Do I hate Jon Jones or have animosity toward him right now? I don't," said White. "If I did, I'd tell, you, I think you know that. We'll find out. As we move along in our relationship, we'll find out where we're at. It's a little weird, its never happened before, Jon Jones is, all my other interactions with Jon Jones have been, he's a young guy.
"Has he made some bad choices? Yeah," White continued. "Who hasn't at that age? Seriously. ... When you're in your early 20s, its hard to keep the wheels on the bus when all the fame and money and everything starts hitting. I give Jon Jones a lot of slack when it comes to that. The guy's young. There have been a lot of guys younger than him who have more fame and more money, but you gotta admit, its tough to deal with when you're his age."
White, however, remains something less than forgiving of Jones' trainer, Greg Jackson, whom White feels deserves a large portion of the blame for Jones' decision to turn down replacement opponent Chael Sonnen, which prompted White to pull the plug on the event.
"The thing you have to