The mixed martial arts world is divided. On the one hand, there are those who view UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones' decision to not fight former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen on last-minute notice as a sign of selfishness if not outright cowardice. They suggest he owes the UFC and MMA to have kept the UFC 151 event going when Dan Henderson withdrew due to injury. These people include fans, UFC President Dana White, several fighters and many others.
There is another, group, however. They believe Jones was not only well within his rights to decline the fight, but even made the smart choice. They believe UFC 151's cancellation was not Jones' fault. After all, he didn't book the card and he didn't cancel the event. UFC did, they say. They also argue Sonnen filling in last minute is a cynical ploy to keep a watered-down pay-per-view event going and Jones is being made the scapegoat for a problem that isn't his to solve nor his creation.
I will tell you today when the latter group is correct.
Join me today at 1 p.m. ET for this week's installment of the live chat. We'll breakdown every angle of the UFC 151 cancellation and look ahead to UFC 152. We'll also address whatever topics are on your mind. And thanks to the technology of Google +, now you can be a part of the chat.
As is customary, I'll post the video window here as the event draws near and I'll answer any questions you may have if you post them in the comments section below.
If you want to join me on Google+ and let everyone see your face, now you can. Go to today's livechat Google + page. If you're interested, drop a note and I'll add you to my circles. Once you're in, I can invite you through to the chat. Just want to participate in the comments? No problem. Participate however you feel most comfortable.
Everything kicks off at 1 p.m. ET. Talk to you then.