UFC president Dana White has plenty of anger in his voice during a special media conference call where he announced that the entire UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson event has been cancelled. Instead, Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida on September 22 at UFC 152.
White said that, along with UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, that they are “disgusted” with Jones’ decision to not accept a fight on eight days notice with Chael Sonnen.
“It’s huge,” White said, in terms of the financial loss the UFC will face by calling off an entire event. “The prelims were to market on FX. We spent some money (for this card). There’s billboards in Times Square, the media; I am sure you guys have seen all the TV acts. The list goes on. It’s a massive, massive hit.”
White continued to express his displeasure with Jones not being willing to meet Sonnen.
“If I get the call that (Jones) won’t fight Machida, we’ll have another conference call and it won’t be good,” said White when asked about any talk of Jones turning down the Machida fight.