6 Frustrating UFC Moments from 2012: Jon Jones Refusing to Fight and More
With UFC 152 nearly upon us, fans around the world are still soured by Jon Jones and his decision to not do battle with Chael Sonnen at UFC 151. It was a selfish decision that didn't truly benefit anyone, and it caused a laundry list of negative effects.
However, this wasn't the only major moment of 2012 that has caused fans to either face-palm or go into a fit of rage.
Here is a look at some of the most frustrating UFC moments of 2012.
UFC 151 Cancelled, Forces 6-Week Break in Action
When Dana White called a press conference for UFC 151 in late August, there were already rumors circulating that Dan Henderson had been forced out of the event due to injury. It was naturally assumed that the press conference was to announce a replacement opponent for Jon Jones, and that we would see a dark horse challenging for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Instead, the UFC President made the announcement that he clearly was disgusted by UFC 151 having to be cancelled because champion Jon Jones refused to face a replacement opponent on short notice.
What once would have been an exciting PPV dissolved, and UFC fans were forced into a six week hibernation from the world's largest fight organization.
How are your withdrawals going? With only four more days before UFC 152, my symptoms are starting to subside, but I still get the shakes every time I see Jon Jones on my screen.
Why, Jon? Why?
Commission Error Robs Fans of Round 4
Say what you will about the UFC Flyweight Championship and its inaugural title fight on Saturday, but in my opinion, Demetrious Johnson should not be a part of it.
When Johnson and McCall met in March, the bout structure was clear: Three rounds of action, and if the fight is a draw at that point, the competitors will immediately square off for a fourth round.
Due to a commission error, the fight was awarded to Johnson, despite the judges turning in scores that determined the three rounds to be even. By the time that the error was addressed, the fighters had cooled down and made their way to the post-fight press conference.
Round three of the initial meeting saw Uncle Creepy put Mighty Mouse in a terrible spot, catching him in a back mount and raining down bombs for much of the round. The fight could have been stopped due to the massive damage Johnson was taking. If round four had occurred, Mighty Mouse would have been slower and zapped of energy, making him an easier target for McCall.
Johnson won the rematch, but that doesn't negate the fact that a rematch never should have been in the cards to begin with if the bout had gone on as planned.
Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida Fails to Deliver
Clay Guida has won a pair of Fight of the Year awards, and Gray Maynard has evolved into a powerhouse striker who hunts for a nasty knockout. When the two were booked against each other in June, many expected an all-out war that would live in infamy.
Instead, we were treated to a bout that showed us why Nike sponsors a sport that doesn't use shoes, as Guida utilized a "you-can't-hit-me-if-you-can't-catch-me" strategy throughout the contest.
Fans weren't the only ones who were frustrated by the lack of excitement.
Referee Dan Miragliotta had seen enough to issue a warning, and Maynard would eventually drop his hands to beg Guida to fight instead of running around the cage.
A fight we would never forget became a fight we wish we could.
UFC 146 Becomes Barely Recognizable
"Here, Alistair. Pee in this."
Who would have guessed that those five words could change every single fight on the main card of UFC 146? Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened when Alistair Overeem failed a pre-fight urinalysis for his championship bout with Junior dos Santos.
Overeem was removed from the event and other bouts had to be shuffled to make up for the lack of a suitable heavyweight replacement being available and unbooked.
- Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem became JDS vs. Frank Mir
- Mir vs. Cain Velasquez became Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva
- Silva vs. Roy Nelson became Nelson vs. Gabriel Gonzaga and later Nelson vs. Dave Herman
- Gonzaga vs. Shane del Rosario became del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve remained the only fight on the main card that went unchanged. However, when Mark Hunt suffered a late injury, Hunt vs. Struve became Struve vs. Lavar Johnson.
Marijuana Punished More Severely Than Testosterone Abuse
If only Alistair Overeem was the only failed drug test of 2012. Unfortunately, fellow Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz would test positive for marijuana metabolites after an exciting engagement with Carlos Condit for the UFC interim welterweight championship at UFC 143.
Diaz admits that he smokes marijuana leading up to every fight, and stops between seven to 10 days before fights in order to give the drug enough time to leave his system. This is only the second time in his career that a positive test has returned.
Ultimately, Diaz was slapped with a one-year suspension and a $60,000 fine for the failed drug test.
Regardless of your views on marijuana use or whether fighters should be tested for the substance, it's hard to argue that Diaz should receive a full year's suspension for the drug when Alistair Overeem only ate nine months after skipping out on a pre-fight drug screening last year and then failing a random test in April.
A drug that enhances performance (at enormous levels) gets a lesser punishment than one that doesn't affect performance and is at such low levels that only metabolites were discovered. Frustrating to say the least.
The 2012 Injury Plague
There would be too many slides for me to chronicle the insane number of big-name fights that have been canceled in 2012 due to injury. Not just big fights, but main events and title bouts have fallen to the wayside and become an afterthought.
Injuries have torn down the original main events for UFC 143, UFC 147, UFC 148, UFC 149 and UFC 151. In addition, non-PPV events such as UFC on Fuel 2 and UFC on Fox 4 were changed due to injuries to Minotoro Nogueira and Brian Stann, respectively.
UFC 153 could just be the poster child for a promoter's worst nightmare. After Erik Koch pulled out of his championship bout with Jose Aldo, a replacement battle against Frankie Edgar was booked as a main event superfight.
On September 11, 2012, tragedy struck for the UFC when both Jose Aldo and Rampage Jackson were injured, and pulled out of their respective main event and co-main event bouts.
Let's all cross our fingers and hope that the injury plague goes away as quickly as it came upon us. After all, we've got some incredible cards coming up for UFC on Fox 5 and UFC 155. It would be a shame to watch them fall apart now.
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