At some point during Thursday afternoon's fateful conference call, UFC President Dana White dropped a mid-rant comment about how light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has struggled to gain popularity with fans, and the day's events probably wouldn't help him in that regard. In all likelihood White's words will prove to be 100-percent correct, but the level of vitriol spewed from fans was nothing when compared to flood of hatred let loose by Jones' fellow fighters.
However Jones rejected the Sonnen fight, UFC 151 was subsequently cancelled, and White downright threw Jones and his trainer, Greg Jackson, under the bus for what he called a "selfish, disgusting" decision.
In truth, the whole situation is as shocking and bizarre as it gets. But none are hurt more than the fighters who invested countless dollars and the last three months of their lives preparing for a bout that will never come, and nowhere was that stark truth more evident than on Twitter.
30 min to cement your legacy. Champ or Coward? I make a lot more than you do... Show up in 8 days I'll give you my purse.— chael sonnen (@sonnench) August 23, 2012
Jones said he's not fighting chael on 8 days notice. I did. .... Just sayin— michael (@bisping) August 23, 2012
Wait am I not fighting?? Please say it ain't so I got bills to pay— Jeff Hougland (@JeffHougland) August 23, 2012
— Jeff Hougland (@JeffHougland) August 23, 2012
@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.
Very very sad for other fighters who were on the card of UFC 151 ! I know how much its cost with money and time to prepare for a fight !— patrick cote (@patrick_cote) August 23, 2012
Danny Castillo (@lastcall155) August 23, 2012
Who got $50 I can borrow till my next fight?;)— Danny Castillo (@lastcall155) August 23, 2012
Charlie Brenneman (@SpaniardMMA) August 23, 2012
Aaron Simpson (@aaronsimpson) August 23, 2012
Kyle Noke (@KyleNoke) August 23, 2012
Henry Martinez (@HenryMartinez83) August 23, 2012
Not only am out a paycheck I pay $1300 for my family 2 come 2 my fight now Delta Airlines will not change their flights except for $800 more— Henry Martinez (@HenryMartinez83) August 23, 2012
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— john albert (@UFCPrinceAlbert) August 23, 2012
Understand or forgot what it's like being a lower ranked fighter like me or— john albert (@UFCPrinceAlbert) August 23, 2012
@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— john albert (@UFCPrinceAlbert) August 23, 2012
Screw u guys calling him selfish man. I can’t stand fans. Of course he’s selfish. Who’s gonna take care of his shit if he doesn’t. You?— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) August 23, 2012
All that said, I’d have liked to see Chael fight Jones.— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) August 23, 2012
I am completely bewildered that Jon Jones didn't accept the fight with Chael Sonnen. Never saw that coming in a million years.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) August 23, 2012
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.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) August 23, 2012
People coming to my show at Mandalay Bay on Friday the 31st- because of the UFC canceling the event, Mandalay is canceling the show as well.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) August 23, 2012
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.— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) August 23, 2012
But if it was me instead of Jones...I'm a mercenary. You pay for war and you got it.— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) August 23, 2012
Wow Can't believe UFC 151 is canceled!!!— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) August 23, 2012
Just heard the news. I got flights, hotels, tons of stuff I have 2 take care of. Just finished my last hard practice. Hope it's not true.— Shane Roller (@shaneroller) August 23, 2012
Chael Sonnen continues to impress with his thuggery— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) August 23, 2012
1. I feel bad for all the fighters who won't get paid.2. I feel bad for all the fans3. Feel even worse for the fans who r going to show up— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) August 23, 2012
I'm still shocked that an entire card got scratched because of 1 fight. I would be fucken pissed if I was a fighter on the ghost card.— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) August 23, 2012
For all the ppl who don't understand the SPORT of MMA (— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) August 23, 2012
@ufc)...ask an NFL team to play the Superbowl vs a not worthy opponent...
Bones wouldn't be taking the fight on "8 days notice" he's been training for a fight for (cont) tl.gd/j08v19— Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) August 23, 2012
I don't understand not taking a fight espically when you're in shape and fighting a guy who is a (cont) tl.gd/j091oe— Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) August 23, 2012
Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) August 23, 2012
Damn I was going to— Patrick Healy (@BamBamHealy) August 23, 2012
#ufc151 that's a real bummer
Greg Jackson should of drew up one of his cross country game plans. Run,run,run. Don't u dare fight, in this fight.— Seth Baczynski (@Sethbmma) August 23, 2012
John Maguire (@MaguireTheOne) August 23, 2012
— King Mo (@KingMoFH) August 23, 2012
@jonnybones is smart....its a business. Dont knock him for his decision. Yall aint in his shoes!!! U dont see it in big boxing events.
WOW. Absolutely SHOCKED at the cancellation of UFC 151, my mind is blown.— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) August 23, 2012
Brock Jardine (@BrockJardine) August 23, 2012
Damn that really sucks for all the other 151 fighters ..now don't get to fight .. Just wrong.. I would be pissed..— FranCisco Rivera (@CiscoRiveraUFC) August 23, 2012
It's a crazy and unpredictable world our MMA sport is— Thiago Alves. (@ThiagoAlvesATT) August 23, 2012
— Uncle Ben(@RothwellFighter) August 23, 2012
@sonnench= lol at getting a UFC canceled wowI hear by declare myself your HW disciple.
Something doesnt make sense Jones said he doesnt wanna fight machida cause he dont wanna be a broke fighter. Now hes not getting paid at all— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) August 23, 2012
UFC 151 canceled... :( no more cold spoon. Thats like me sitting on my own balls. Shocking saddening and painful— DaMarques Johnson (@DaMarques_UFC) August 23, 2012
Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) August 23, 2012
I can't believe a whole show was canceled because of Jon Jones!! He should have to relinquish his belt— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 23, 2012
— Dennis Hallman (@DennisHallman) August 23, 2012
@tavaresmma man this sucks! What a sad day for MMA
Feel bad for all those fighters who were on UFC 151.— TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) August 23, 2012
The news of UFC 151 cancelled is heartbreaking!!! Trying to stay positive that its Gods plan & not mine!!! Jon Jones is selfish For that!!!— Abel Trujillo (@AbelTrujillo1) August 23, 2012
Things that people learned today:Chael— Vinny Magalhaes (@VinnyMMA) August 23, 2012
@sonnench is the man! A lot of people will be losing money. Jon Jones doesn't give a shit.
Times up— chael sonnen (@sonnench) August 23, 2012
"And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him" - Sun Tzu— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 23, 2012