We’ve heard Jon Jones’ side on why he had denied a fight against Chael Sonnen in order to save UFC 151, but the backlash from his MMA peers continues to roll in, criticizing  the champ  24 hours later. The disapproval by the community is not unanimous, but looks to be the majority.

michael ‏@bisping
Jones said he’s not fighting chael on 8 days notice. I did. …. Just sayin
Jon Jones is never, ever going to live this down. This was a massive mistake. I can’t believe this was his decision. If you have ultimate fighter on your business card, you are supposed to show up and fight. And if you are the world champion, you are supposed to have the ‘anytime, anywhere, anyhow’ attitude.

Chuck Liddell
The fans want to think their favorite, their world champion, is indestructible, and believe he can beat anyone. From a fan’s standpoint, you want to believe your guy would fight anyone at any place at any time. Him saying no to a guy fans perceive as a middleweight isn’t going to help his image at all.

TJ Dillashaw @TJDillashaw
I can’t believe a whole show was canceled because of Jon Jones!! He should have to relinquish his belt

Michael Chiesa @MikeMav22
@JonnyBones is a fraud. He’s all about his $$ but he won’t take a fight with @sonnench who would bring in WAY more $$? He’s scared, period.
99.999% of @UFC fighters will be “company men” and help our organization if needed. @sonnench is a company man, @jonnybones is selfish.

Vinny Magalhaes @VinnyMMA
How to ruin an entire event #BonesKnows
How to piss Dana White off #BonesKnows
Things that people learned today: Chael @sonnench is the man! A lot of people will be losing money. Jon Jones doesn’t give a s—.

Charlie Brenneman @SpaniardMMA
Me n @rick_story took a fight on 24 hrs norice!! Champ what?!?! @ufc
@JonnyBones u can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ. Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks. @ufc

Jeff Houghland @JeffHougland
Wait am I not fighting?? Please say it ain’t so I got bills to pay @ufc !
@JonnyBones Can I at least get one of your new Nike T-shirts? I’ll give it to my kid since I won’t have any money for her school clothes.

Mackens Semerzier @MackDaMenaceMMA
Cancel the whole damn event? What happend to “I’ll fight whoever the @ufc tells me to” or does that only apply to fighting “friends”?

Ulysses Gomez @uselessgomez
Bones wouldn’t be taking the fight on “8 days notice” he’s been training for a fight for at least 8 weeks! Chael is same style as Hendo. But he said no?

Abel Trujillo @AbelTrujillo1
The news of UFC 151 cancelled is heartbreaking!!! Trying to stay positive that its Gods plan & not mine!!! Jon Jones is selfish For that!!!

Diego Sanchez UFC ‏@DiegoSanchezUFC
I’m just saying these guys have family’s bills & taxes to [email protected] is a standup guy Im sure he took care of the other fighters somehow
@jonnybones love me or hate me I say it how it is! This effects the 20 families of the other guys on card, people need to eat
@JonnyBones should have took the fight I would have, he had a full camp @sonnench had no camp & he’ a 85’er

john albert @UFCPrinceAlbert
I am so livid right now I was the biggest Jon jones fan but not anymore that guy is bad for the sport his fans and other fighters he doesn’t
Understand or forgot what it’s like being a lower ranked fighter like me or @JeffHougland who make pennies compared to him and fighting is
Our livelihood and we survive by fighting and all the hard work those 20 other fighters put in are goin to waste utterly discusted

Josh Barnett ‏@JoshLBarnett
If I was in Jones’ shoes I’d have said “Bring me the contract and I’ll bring you his head.”. To me, the scenario was far in Jones’ favor.

Brock Jardine @BrockJardine
If u wanted to make money y wouldn’t u want to fight @sonnench who was just part of biggest ppv in @ufc history Really disappointed

Dennis Hallman @DennisHallman
Hey @JonnyBones thanks for being so considerate to your fellow fighters, what a model champion. I guess we can stop the Ali comparisons.

Joe Rogan ‏@joerogan
I am completely bewildered that Jon Jones didn’t accept the fight with Chael Sonnen. Never saw that coming in a million years.
Now the entire UFC card is scrapped because Jones didn’t accept a fight with a 185lb’er who is completely out of shape. WOW. Just wow.

Daron Cruickshank @Cruickshank155
Sorry kitty only food thats on sale for you now. That’s ok you needed a diet anyway. RIP ufc151

The UFC released an official statement on the matter:

“For the first time in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, a UFC® champion has refused to face an alternative challenger after an injury to his original opponent, forcing the organization to cancel an event. ”

“UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones refused an alternative opponent, forcing UFC president Dana White to cancel the entire UFC 151 card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas next Saturday.”

“Many people, from fans to PPV distributors, TV networks, sponsors, and more importantly fighters who are working hard to support their families and build their careers are hurt badly by this selfish decision. ”

Dana White stated: “Jon Jones is a guy a lot of fans don’t like, and I don’t think this is going to make him any more popular. Lorenzo Fertitta and I are disgusted with Jon Jones and Greg Jackson.”

Source: Underground