After taking a public beatdown for his role in what lead to the first event cancellation in UFC history, light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones took to twitter to address the situation for the first time.
"Carrying the cross for my company's decision," Jones tweeted. "If someone has to take the blame, I will accept full responsibility for the way UFC 151 was canceled. I want to sincerely apologize to all the other athletes/fans who's time and money was waisted. I feel terrible about the way that was handled."
Jones (16-1), who was originally expected to put his title on the line against future UFC Hall-of-Famer and MMA legend Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on Sept. 1, turned down a last minute match up against former number one middleweight contender Chael Sonnen after Henderson was forced to bow out of the contest with an injury.
That decision initiated a firestorm of criticism from fans and fellow fighters who believe that Jones should have stepped up and accepted the fight despite having just 8-days notice. Michael Bisping, who himself stepped in as an injury replacement against Sonnen, ironically enough, on 8-days notice, was not shy in voicing his thoughts on MMA's fastest rising star.
"Jon Jones likes to talk about where he comes from, but the reason he now has a Bentley to wrap around a tree is because Dana White and the UFC have built this sport up from zero," Bisping told Yahoo!Sports. "Dana and the company needed him and he basically bitched out."