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Old 08-24-2012, 01:53 PM
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Default UFC dodged major bullet with Jon Jones' unpopular decision

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The mixed martial arts (MMA) world is currently in an uproar over Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones' controversial decision to decline a fight with would-be replacement Chael Sonnen, after "Bones'" original opponent, Dan Henderson, had to withdraw from the UFC 151 headline fight due to a tear in his MCL.

Jones is getting absolutely killed for his decision. He's been called a coward. He's been ripped for costing other fighters a payday. He even appears to be on UFC President Dana White's crap list (though we all know that won't last long).

I have no intention of defaming or defending Jones. That horse has been ridden into the ground, buried, dug back up again and had a tail pinned on it. We've been there. We've done that.

They say you should never look a gift horse in the mouth, and I'm telling you Maniacs -- this was a gift.

No. I haven't been drinking (much), and I'm not crazy. But, I'm telling you that the UFC dodged a major bullet when UFC 151 was cancelled.
Hear me out.

As previously mentioned, "Bones" is being absolutely crucified for his decision. The inference being made is that it's all his fault that UFC 151 was cancelled.

Because of Jon Jones, Daron Cruickshank's cat won't be able to eat, Jeff Hougland's kid won't be able to afford new clothes for school, and Charlie Brenneman very nearly was unable to pay his rent.

And it's all Jones' fault. He's the bad guy.

What many people are unfortunately glancing over casually is the absurdity of the event having to be cancelled over one fight biting the dust.

This is not the first time "Uncle Dana" and the UFC brass have had a giant turd dropped on their heads, with little time to fix a major pay-per-view (PPV) event.

But the show went on. They found a way.

This time it was different, and here's why: UFC 151 was not a very good card.

It just wasn't. Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron was the co-main event! Do we need to keep running down the list? Because we totally can.

Were there a few potentially exciting fights? Sure. And there's always one or two fights that come out of nowhere that end up being fantastic. But, overall, this whole card was full of fights that would have been preliminary fights on almost any other card.

Be serious. Tell me you were stoked about Dennis Hallman vs Thiago Tavares. Try and convince me you were amped up about Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo.

You can't do it. Not with a straight face, anyway.

So, that's why I say the UFC actually got lucky when "Hendo's" knee bit the dust. Jones could have gone in and pummeled "Dangerous Dan" in spectacular fashion. Henderson could have pulled off a magnificent upset and shocked the world by taking home the belt.

But if the rest of the card sucked, and we all paid $50 (at least) to watch it, on Monday, all you would have heard would have been complaints and comments condemning Dana White for "ripping off the fans," yet again.

Instead, the fans end up with a much more solid UFC 152 card. Sure, it means a weekend off, but sometimes, less is more.

It sucks for Dan Henderson. It's a bummer for Chael Sonnen. In the short term, it's a big P.R. blow for Jones, and it puts a damper on his relationship with his bosses.

But, I'm telling you, the UFC got lucky.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:29 PM
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It was a sucky card. I wish UFC would have fewer events with better fights. It's nice to have a fight to watch every month, but they've gone well beyond that. It's every 2 or 3 weeks now with a bunch of no-namers.

Just like boxing. One big fight and the rest of card blows.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:39 PM
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Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron was the co-main event!

When I saw that this morning I had the same thought. It could even be an undercard bout back in the day no offense to ellenberger but Hieron couldn't even be the headliner of Bellator.
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Good card, bad card....this went to no card which means no money and loss of money. The other two would have at least brought in some revenue.

People complain about cards all of the time, including myself. I agree that on paper this card sucked, but it wouldn't be the first time that a card liked this absolutely delivered.
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Good card, bad card....this went to no card which means no money and loss of money. The other two would have at least brought in some revenue.

People complain about cards all of the time, including myself. I agree that on paper this card sucked, but it wouldn't be the first time that a card liked this absolutely delivered.
Exactly, and that's what puts a hole in the writer's, "UFC dodged major bullet..." UFC 151 may have been a great night of fights. People may (or may not) buy a ppv based on the names on the card, but until the fights are over you don't know whether it is/was worth it or not. It's a crapshoot!
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It was a sucky card. I wish UFC would have fewer events with better fights. It's nice to have a fight to watch every month, but they've gone well beyond that. It's every 2 or 3 weeks now with a bunch of no-namers.

Just like boxing. One big fight and the rest of card blows.
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Spot on, Mike. They definitely need fewer events to keep the cards more interesting and not saturate the market. That said, I'm still chuffed that they cancelled the card.

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Exactly, and that's what puts a hole in the writer's, "UFC dodged major bullet..." UFC 151 may have been a great night of fights. People may (or may not) buy a ppv based on the names on the card, but until the fights are over you don't know whether it was worth it or not. It's a crapshoot!
Great point, Bonnie. That's often been the case.
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