By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Today it was announced via conference call by UFC President Dana White that UFC 151 has been cancelled due to an injury suffered by Dan Henderson in training. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was offered a fight against Chael Sonnen for the September 1st card but turned down the fight thus forcing the company to cancel the pay per view event.
White's blamed Jones and his trainer, Greg Jackson for Jones not accepting the fight, calling the coach from New Mexico a “sport killer”. Jackson responded while speaking with Mauro Ranallo on The MMA Show:
“I was asked if it was smart to take a fight on three days notice and I don't think it's smart to do that,” Jackson said on The MMA Show. “Three days to fight a guy that caliber is not a smart thing to do. I'm not trying to ruin the sport or cancel an event. I don't know about that stuff, but thought it wasn't a wise course of action.”
“I really like Dana and respect him…there is no ill feelings. I'm more confused than anything else.”
“It's a serious fight with serious ramifications. I don't think I need to reach out to Dana. I didn't mean to cancel an event and was asked to give an opinion and I gave it. We all got together and are on the same sheet of music. These guys are professional promoters and that's what they do,” he continued.
“I didn't know they had it all riding on one fight. It's one of those things…as a trainer. I'll give you my opinion. I'm not a yes man…I do what's best for my guy. I'm surprised by the veracity of his response but that's my opinion.”
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