Former UFC champion Pat Miletich isn’t a fan of the way the UFC threw UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones under the bus recently. Jones declined a fight with Chael Sonnen, forcing the UFC to cancel a pay-per-view event for the first time in 11 years.
Miletich, who announces fights for Strikeforce, talked about what the UFC did during a recent interview with Bloody Elbow.
“It doesn’t do the UFC any good to chop the legs out from possibly their biggest star because he doesn’t take a last-minute replacement fight,” Miletich said. “There was nothing to gain for his career. I think it’s organizational suicide to do that to your biggest star.”
Initially, many people were quick to point the blame at Jones. However, as time passes, it seems more and more people are agreeing with what Miletich had to say.
“I understand the pressure that Zuffa is under with the Fox deal, FX deal, and all that stuff,” Miletich said. “By putting on a massive number of cards, I think they’ve stretched themselves a bit thin. When you have a card that is only carried by one match, given the attrition rate in MMA, the injuries in training, they kind of set themselves up for the fall.”
Jones is now set to face Vitor Belfort at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort on September 22.