1) UFC is to blame for cancelled card not Jones, they stacked the card with the 1 fight. It's completely their fault if they can't come up with a plan B. ****, it wasn't that much of a card anyway, don't cry if you bet it all on 1 fight and it goes down.
2) Jones should've taken the fight, it's low-medium Risk vs medium-high Reward, in any case, not worse than Hendo. But I'm not blaming Jones for killing the card, ultimately not his problem.
@lordbd: Hendo and Sonnen have comparable styles, yes Jones has no time to adapt, but Sonnen has no 8 week training camp at all! Again I think risk is actually lower for Jones than vs trained Hendo and the reward must be about the same (taking down a legend vs fighting short notice against a respectable calibre plus the extra ufc $$ for taking on short notice)
By the way, I'ml hoping Chael will have a field day with Jones now.
Low risk for who? Buster Douglas was low risk.
LOL, now other fighters on that card are publicly blaming Jones. It's not easy being on top.
Well... At least I still have K-1 on Spike TV to look forward to.
It's a weird situation for both points of view. True, Jones may feel it's not a worthwhile fight to take. He has every right to feel that way. He's been training for a specific person and would have to switch things up with little notice. Also, there is very little reward other than a payday for the fight and a whole lot a risk if he loses.
At the same time I think the main card fighters owe something to ensure the card goes on. After all, if it wasn't for Brock Lesner/Heath Herring, GSP/BJ Penn, and Lesnar/Mir and the people who came out to see those fights and had the opportunity to see Jones in action, he may not have had the opportunity to shine enough to get a headlining show and move up to contender and champion. He is in a financially stable enough position to refuse fights. Many of those fighters were relying on these fights to get them paid, not only from the UFC but from sponsors. I'm sure if he wasn't the headliner and the headliner bailed on a potential fight and he was out a bunch of money while he was coming up the ranks, he would be pissed.
As for blame, well, I'm sure there is enough to go around. It could be said that the card isn't the best without enough "name" talent to go around. The matchmakers would have to accept some blame. Also, from the articles I've been reading, if correct, they indicate that Dana White called up a few people and they declined. One would assume even the ones mentioned by previous posters. If that is so, they they have to accept some responsibility as well. Jones for the reasons mentioned. The guy who was training with Henderson when the injury happened. Obama. Romney. Video Games. TRT. Lady Gaga...
Unfortunately, this seems to just be a perfect storm of bad situations that means I will be spending that Saturday night playing video games.