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August 24, 2012

UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is no happier than you are over the cancellation of September’s UFC 151 card, an event he was supposed to headline.

But with opponent Dan Henderson forced to withdraw from the card just nine days before the event, Jones believes he made the right choice for his family and his career.

And while “Bones” admits he feels terrible for the other 20 fighters on the card who were affected by his decision not to accept a fight with replacement opponent Chael Sonnen, he hopes fans can understand the motivation behind his decision was simple: to ensure he’s fighting at peak performance each and every time he steps into the cage.

“Dan Henderson got hurt, and the fight was canceled,” Jones told MMAjunkie.com. “I signed a contract a long time ago to fight Dan Henderson. That’s what I studied for, and that’s what I prepared myself for. To take a fight with a different opponent in which I would basically have three days of training before traveling and then starting to cut weight I just thought would be the dumbest idea ever. I wouldn’t have been properly prepared.”

UFC President Dana White on Thursday morning revealed Henderson suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to withdraw from the planned UFC 151 event, which was set to take place Sept. 1 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center. And while White admitted finding an opponent willing to step in on such short notice was a difficult proposition, he revealed Sonnen had agreed to answer the call.

There was just one problem: Jones wasn’t willing to take the fight.

Without a suitable main event in place, White and UFC brass elected to cancel the entire event, and the fiery UFC head admitted he was “disgusted” at Jones’ decision.

Jones said he never intended for the entire event to be scrapped and apologized to the remaining fighters on the card who were all forced to reschedule their next appearances.

“I definitely apologize to the other fighters on the card,” Jones said. “I feel terrible, but it also wasn’t my decision to cancel the whole card. I don’t make those decisions.

“I take a lot of pride in the way I perform, and I want to put on the best performance possible every time I fight. I don’t want to go out there just to win the fight. I want to go out there to dominate. I want to make it look effortless. I want it to be a beautiful thing.”

In Henderson, Jones was preparing for a relentless warrior with a right hand capable of stopping any man. In Sonnen, he would be facing a southpaw who relies on his superior wrestling technique to put opponents on their back and eat ground-and-pound blows.

Jones said he didn’t feel like what ultimately boiled down to just a few days was near enough time to prepare for such a drastic change – especially with the majority of his coaching staff committed to spending most of fight week in the Philippines to corner Andrei Arlovski at ONE FC 5.

“Chael is completely different fighter,” Jones said. “This is war. This is strategy. You have to go in there prepared and know that you did your homework. I wouldn’t be the same warrior if I just jumped in there blindly and was cutting weight while I was trying to prepare for the fight.

“Greg Jackson wasn’t going to show up until Friday. Coach (Mike) Winkeljohn wasn’t going to be there until Wednesday or Thursday. I would have been pretty much on my own trying to prepare for a new opponent. That’s just not the best way to prepare.”

Thus far, Jones has endured a largely negative response from fans. The 25-year-old champion admits it hurts for observers to question his rationale, but he stands behind his decision.

“If this was my first fight in the UFC and I really didn’t have a choice and they needed somebody to step in last minute, if it was that type of scenario, then I’d probably more open to it,” Jones said. “But I’m a UFC champion, and I need to perform that way. If I would have taken this fight, that would have been letting my ego get in the way and not using my intellect. This is war, and you have to go in there prepared.

“The criticism does bother me, but I have to stand by my decision. I have to be the man that I am. With such large audiences comes great criticism. There will be a lot of scrutiny, but I’ve got to do what makes me happy and feels right to me. At the end of the day, I have to make the best choice for me and my family.”

Jones now meets Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 152, which takes place Sept. 22 in Toronto. It’s a rematch that Jones recently admitted he wasn’t exactly thrilled to take, but now that it’s booked, “Bones” said he’s attacking the challenge at full-strength.

“I just hiked about eight miles today,” Jones said. “I’m moving forward. I’m continuing to work, and I’m working on transforming my body from great shape to phenomenal shape. My goal now is to beat Lyoto better than I did the first time. I want to be a better version of myself, and I’m looking forward to it.

“This is a professional sport. It’s not just a backyard fight. You put everything on the line every time you step into the cage, and I now have a new mission. I’m all-in now, and I won’t give anything less than my full effort.”

And so Jones heads back to camp, looking to put the distractions of Thursday’s controversial decision behind him. A few more impressive wins will go a long way toward winning back fans he may have alienated with his decision to not fight Sonnen, and “Bones” said he’s even willing to someday to face the self-appointed “Gangster from West Linn, Oregon.” He just wants what he feels is adequate time to prepare for a championship contest.

“I apologize to the people that lost money on tickets and travel and things like that,” Jones said. “I don’t apologize for my decision, but I do apologize for the way it affected people. I hope people can understand I was just trying to do the best thing for my career.

“Dan Henderson got hurt, and our fight was canceled. As difficult as it is to deal with everything that’s happened, I just didn’t feel like I had enough time to prepare both physically and mentally for a fight with a new opponent. I just didn’t feel I had enough to prepare properly and perform at my best. Whether Chael Sonnen actually deserves a title shot really isn’t my place to say. But if he wants to fight on Sept. 22, then I’m fine with that.”

from:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/mma/post/2012-08-24/jon-jones-laments-ufc-151-cancellation-stands-by-decision/830667/1

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Jon Jones was born on July 19th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Jones_(fighter)

July 19th, 1987

7 + 19 +1+9+8+7 = 51 = his life lesson = Formidable.

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August 2, 2010

UFC: Jon Jones is the future of MMA

The UFC held Versus 2 on Sunday and light heavyweight Jon “Bones” Jones defeated Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko in 1:56 of the first round by TKO. Jones held Matyushenko in a mounted crucifix and delivered ten elbows to his head before referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the match.

In Jones’ last two fights he has crushed Brandon “The Truth” Vera and took out the “Janitor” Matyushenko.

In every sport there comes along an athlete that changes the landscape of the sport. In basketball we are witnessing LeBron James, in boxing we saw Mike Tyson, in golf there’s Tiger Woods and some believe Stephen Strasburg is in baseball. I believe we are seeing the future of mixed martial arts in Jonathan “Bones” Jones.

I talked to Jon Jones’ older brother Arthur Jones, who is a rookie defensive tackle with the Ravens. He said Jon told him that he had some new tricks for this fight. I don’t think he needed to pull out his bag of tricks for Matyushenko. This fight was over before the popcorn finished in the microwave.

After the bout Jones said, “My goal is to become one of the best in the world, if not the best in my weight class,” Jones said. “Whoever the UFC decides to give me, I’ll be ready for it.”

from:  http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/mma/blog/2010/08/ufc_jon_jones_is_the_future_of.html

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Another main event on Versus, but a similar result for Jon “Bones” Jones. 

Not two minutes into the first round Sunday night, Jones twisted Vladimir Matyushenko into the crucifix position, and had him dead to rights.  Ten unanswered strikes later from the ball peen hammer that is Jones’ left elbow, and the veteran grappler was officially outgrappled.

Jones is now 12-1 in MMA, and 5-1 in the UFC.  His only loss came on a controversial stoppage.  He now owns consecutive first-round finishes over two veterans (Matyushenko and previously Brandon Vera) in two main events on free TV.   I’m not sure I’ve seen him break a sweat in the Octagon in more than a year. 

It’s time to change that.

No disrespect to Matyushenko, a former champion in the now-defunct International Fight League, but Jones needs a major test now.  After this fight was originally scheduled, many experts rushed to defend Matyushenko’s MMA bona fides—then fell all over themselves betting the sum of their net current assets on Jones.

Few people seem to disagree that Jones has earned the right to fight the A ring of the light heavyweight division. Not least among those voices is Jones himself, who according to Yahoo! Sports said this after the fight:

“I want to fight someone who is supposedly much better than me. If that needs to be the champion, or whoever, I want to fight someone who is supposedly much better than me who will help me challenge myself and evolve to the next level. Let me fight a top-three guy.”

Others, including UFC commish Dana White and trainer extraordinaire Greg Jackson, seem to prefer a slower path for the 23-year-old. 

Count me with Jones on this one.

Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.  Fast track this man to the top of the heap, and STAT.  No Forrest Griffin, no Chuck Liddell, no Tito Ortiz, no Rich Franklin.

How about the winner of the UFC 119 tilt between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and fellow upstart Ryan Bader? And seriously, how did Bader get that shot before Jones? They’re UFC records, minus Jones’ Matt Hamil fight, are virtually identical.

How about Rashad Evans—could White get the fellow Greg Jackson students in the same cage?  It’s a ways off, but how about the loser of November’s bout between Lyoto Machida and Quinton Jackson?

As usual, there are plenty of fights to make at the top of 205.  Jones may still be a bit rough around the edges, but with this win he has proven he doesn’t need to be protected any longer.  If anything, opponents should be looking for protection from him.

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/428485-after-more-jon-jones-dominance-time-for-ufc-to-take-off-kid-gloves

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Jon Jones was born on July 19th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Jones_(fighter)

July 19th, 1987

7 + 19 +1+9+8+7 = 51 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Formidable.

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July 19th

7 + 19 +2+0+1+0 = 29 = his personal year (from July 19th, 2010 to July 18th, 2011) = Self-confidence.  Self-assurance.  Coordination.  Skills.  Talents.  Competence.  Expertise.  Specialty. 

29 year + 7 (July) = 36 = his personal month (from July 19th, 2010 to August 18th, 2010)

36 month + 2 (2nd of the month on Monday August 2nd, 2010) = 38 = his personal day = Protect.  Protection.

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