Franklin McNeil, a reporter for ESPN’s MMA Live, says a source told him recently that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was planning to pay the salaries for each fighter affected by the cancellation of UFC 151. Jones, however, decided against doing so after the amount of backlash he received from several of those fighters.
“A source from very close to him said Jon Jones was willing to pay the fighters, he felt so bad about the card being cancelled,” McNeil said. “He was willing to pay the fighters on that card their fees. But, after all these attacks on him by other fighters, he chose not to do that. He feels really bad about this situation and did not expect the entire card to be cancelled.”
Several of those who had their fights scrapped lashed out, including Charlie Brenneman. Every fight has since been scheduled for another date, and Brenneman took to Twitter to explain why he said what he said.
“Apparently (Jones) was gonna pay us until we opened our mouths,” Brenneman wrote. “I woulda ripped the (check) up. My tweet was (about) principle (people), not a plea 4 $.”
Jones will fight later this month against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort.