Originally Posted by Ramma
I think it's hard to completely blame Jones in all of this. I mean, Jones should have taken the fight. An out of camp 185 pound fighter who is a wrestler is not harder than a battle ready fighter who is a wrestler with much better striking. Jones should have taken the fight without question, if only from a PR stand point. I don't think anyone would really expect Chael to win that fight, and you know if you did, Jones would have gotten an immediate rematch. That's reality.
At the same time, UFC is equally to blame for putting Jones in this situation. Yes, they said it on the phone conference but many of us have been saying "too many events", "the cards aren't stacked like they used to be" for over a year. UFC put Jones in this situation, forcing Jones to make a very hard decision. Jones still had plenty to gain by taking the fight though. Not taking it will hurt him more in the long run.
how about all the other people he hurt with this? All the fighters above who were counting on their paycheques, which would be a _fraction_ of what jones would have made by the way, to live? Not simply to buy a replacement for the half a million dollar car that got wrecked..