If there is any justice in the UFC, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida will crush Jon "Bones" Jones at UFC 152.
If you haven't already heard, UFC 151 was cancelled. Dan Henderson got hurt, and then Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen in his stead.
According to the UFC:
UFC 151 news from Dana: "This is one of my all-time lows as president... For the first time in 11 years we're gonna cancel an event."
— UFC (@ufc) August 23, 2012
Jones isn't that far removed from declaring ultimate loyalty to White and the UFC. Back in April, he spoke in glowing terms about his commitment to the UFC, according to 5thRound.com.
I’m glad the UFC wanted to work with me, as well. I think they trust that I will never make them look bad. The UFC asks me to do anything and I always do it. I never tell them "no." I don’t think most champs are like that.
And, apparently, neither is Jones.
Jones recently signed a now sponsorship contract with Nike, and it seems his loyalty to the UFC has since evaporated. He had always been somewhat of an unpopular champ, and this move will only further cement that perception.
Perhaps Jones feels that he's too big to fail.
My only solace in this debacle is that Machida has the game to take Jones down. Sure, Jones beat him at UFC 140, but I have confidence in Machida's ability to watch the tape, learn from his mistakes and come up with a strategy to defeat the champ.
Then, after Jones is defeated, White should do what I'm sure he wishes he could do presently and cut ties with the man who betrayed him.
I wonder how Nike will feel about that.
The Dragon must devour the man called Bones. It's the only way justice will be served. Jones thought he could bite the hand that had previously fed him, but he'll find out the hard way that burning bridges never works in the long run.
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