Jon Jones On UFC 151 Cancellation “I Want to Sincerely Apologize”
By FCF Staff
With his sites now set on Vitor Belfort and UFC 152, the promotion’s light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has apologized for the part he played in UFC 151 being cancelled.
Jones has made the following statements via his official Twitter account.
I feel terrible about the way that was handled.
was canceled. I want to sincerely apologize to all the other athletes/fans who’s time and money was waisted.
Carrying the cross for my company’s decision. If someone has to take the blame, I will accept full responsibility for the way UFC 151
Since UFC President Dana White announced that Jones turned down a proposed bout with Chael Sonnen, which would have saved the September 1st card, the fighter has received extensive criticism from fans.
White laid the blame for the event’s cancellation squarely at the feet of Jones , and has also been extremely critical of the fighter and his camp.
Sonnen reportedly offered to step in for the injured Dan Henderson, who had been scheduled to fight the light-heavyweight champ.
When Jones announced he would not fight Sonnen on short notice, the UFC attempted to set up a rematch between Jones and Machida for September 22nd. Machida turned down the opportunity, however, citing the need for more time to prepare.
Now Jones will fight Belfort at UFC 152 in Toronto.