Dana White Goes Off on Greg Jackson and Jon Jones Again

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst ISeptember 14, 2012

August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; President of UFC Dana White speaks after the Shogun versus Vera fight at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
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UFC President Dana White was not thrilled when UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he "felt like a piece of meat" in the wake of UFC 151's cancellation:

The Jon Jones piece of meat (expletive) thing. When I see him in (expletive) Toronto, that's the first (expletive) thing we're going to talk about. Piece of meat? Give me a (expletive) break.

White's delivered the outburst to a small group of reporters gathered at the UFC headquarters (via MMA Fighting). 

He was just getting started:

That sounds like something a male supermodel would say: 'I feel like a piece of meat out here (mocking voice)'...That pisses me off worse than (expletive) canceling the event.

Additionally, White ripped Jones for not taking a fight with Chael Sonnen as a last-minute replacement for Dan Henderson. For not disclosing his knee injury sooner, "Hendo" also drew the ire of White

As far as White himself? He feels that he doesn't deserve any blame for the event falling apart.

"If somebody can even try to give me an idea of how that's my fault that 151 got canceled, I would love to hear it," he said. 

The UFC's head honcho then went on a long-winded rant about Jones' head trainer, Greg Jackson, saying he hates how Jackson portrays himself as a "nice guy," and calling him a hypocrite.

The only reason we even know who Greg Jackson is 'cause of (expletive) Diego Sanchez...Diego Sanchez came out of his camp because of GSP. GSP wanted to come train at Jackson's camp and Diego was like (expletive) that (expletive). 'This is my house, man. I'm going to have to fight this guy one day.' What did Greg Jackson do? (Expletive) GSP down there isn't he. You know why because he believed GSP would (expletive) beat Diego Sanchez. He made a business decision. I will take him over him. What happened to (expletive) family?

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White also cited the problems between Rashad Evans and Jones at Jackson's MMA camp as another example of Jackson, who he also called a "(expletive) con-artist," not being loyal to his "family." (Evans eventually left the camp.)

White put Jones on notice that he would get a stern talking to once they crossed paths in Toronto, at UFC 152 on Sept. 22. 

After Jones declined the fight with Sonnen, it seemed academic that "Bones" would rematch Lyoto Machida at UFC 152. But "The Dragon" didn't want the fight on short notice.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, the man Jones won the title from at UFC 128, was offered a rematch as well, but he also wasn't interested in a title bout without a full camp

When the smoke finally settled, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort was booked to fight Jones next Saturday. Belfort hasn't fought at 205-pounds in five years and was clearly a last ditch effort to find an opponent for the UFC's youngest champion. 

Were White's comments justified or is the UFC President beating a dead horse at this point?


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