Jon Jones handling of the UFC 151 situation hasn’t made him many friends, with Dana White accusing him of “murdering” the card after he turned down Chael Sonnen as a late replacement, while fighters blamed him for their loss of earnings and fans chastised him when the show was then canceled.

Few have been willing to stick their head above the parapet and stick up for the light-heavyweight champion, but UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has at least offered the 25 year-old some words of encouragement.

“Everyone was SUPER pissed at Anderson after the Maia fight, and even DFW said he would cut Anderson if he fought that way again. Look at what time has healed,” Rogan wrote on the UG forum.
“After the spectacular Vitor KO, the Chael Sonnen comback triangle and the complete dismantling of Chael in the rematch, no one ever talks about Abu Dhabi and the Maia fight anymore.

If Jon Jones can stay on track, keep being the amazing fighter that he’s shown himself to be inside the octagon in EVERY single fight he’s ever had, and continue to improve at the staggering rate that he’s shown so far, in 2 fights no one will talk about this cancelled fight.

The man is young, and he’s made a mistake or two, but he’s still got all the potential to go down in history as an all time great, if not THE all time great.

“Everyone was SUPER pissed at Anderson after the Maia fight, and even DFW said he would cut Anderson if he fought that way again. Look at what time has healed.

After the spectacular Vitor KO, the Chael Sonnen comback triangle and the complete dismantling of Chael in the rematch, no one ever talks about Abu Dhabi and the Maia fight anymore.

If Jon Jones can stay on track, keep being the amazing fighter that he’s shown himself to be inside the octagon in EVERY single fight he’s ever had, and continue to improve at the staggering rate that he’s shown so far, in 2 fights no one will talk about this cancelled fight.

The man is young, and he’s made a mistake or two, but he’s still got all the potential to go down in history as an all time great, if not THE all time great.”

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  1. Dear Jon Jones, Thank YOU ruining a much anticipated and great UFC card on the biggest weekend of the year in Vegas. Thank YOU for being responsible for the combined loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue if not more, nationwide and worldwide. This would be because of the extra hours of hourly pay and gratuity revenue for bar business staff spanning the globe trying to make ends meet during hard financial times. And of course the financial loss for those bars, sports bars and other businesses that would see increased revenue as a result of showing the UFC fight tonight. Thank YOU for the frustration you brought to MMA fans being that a lot of them bought non refundable airline tickets only because they were lucky enough to have bought fight tickets to the sold out event. Most of them were going see the fight as a primary and would not have gone to Vegas if it was not for the fight. I won’t get into the loss of pay and opportunity to those that were fighting on the card as you know that backlash already. Thank YOU for choosing not to fight while physically capable and showing that you are not a team player yet alone an MMA Warrior.

    Why am I thanking you Jon Jones, because you have shown this MMA fan (not a journalist or columnist) and a lot of others, before we invested too much time of being a deep fans of yours, that you bring shame to yourself as an MMA fighter and a person. You bring forth selfishness to a sport that has given you and so many others opportunities. That same sport with the obvious help of UFC, Pride, Bellator, Total Combat, WEC etc. have stoked the fire for existing and the beginning of more and quality MMA gyms across the planet. Why this selfishness, most likely because your pockets were recently deepened because of a Nike deal that they probably regret now. If you were hungry for opportunity like in the beginning of your career, you would have fought Chael but you have taken for granted what makes this sport possible, THE FANS.

    I recently read you are starting to throw blame elsewhere, that’s unfortunate and maybe you need to do that to sleep at night but it doesn’t change the fact that you solely held the decision to let the show go on but you didn’t. You are a great fighter, I won’t take that away from you but I personally cannot wait until you lose that belt to anyone. I despise Nick Diaz and his poor sportsmanship and neglect of respect to fighters and the sport but if he fights again I would rather see him with the belt you currently hold because he is not responsible for the amount of damage caused by you as I have mentioned. Like a leg that gets severed off, you can’t just undo that, it’s a lot more than scarring for life. I’ve tried to figure out how you bounce back from this and right now, I don’t see a way. Think about all that’s at stake next time such a enormous decision is to be made by you and hopefully it won’t be as damaging to your popularity as this will be for a very long time to come, good luck.

    ~James Pappas 9/1/12’ 5:26 pm

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