Pat Miletich Defends Jon Jones, Criticizes UFC: Fan Reaction

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Ultimate Fighting Championship president, Dana White, didn't hesitate when he decided to throw Jon Jones under the bus, for his refusal to fight Chael Sonnen as a late replacement for Dan Henderson at UFC 151. But he might end up regretting his decision.

Former UFC welterweight champion, Pat Miletich, feels that way, and he came to Jones' defense during an interview with BloodyElbow.com.

"They {Zuffa] need to hold themselves accountable," Miletich said. "It's become a bit of a habit, of late, by the leaders, to blame others for their problems, instead of letting people hold them accountable. It's across the board in a lot of different spectrums of life right now. … I think Jon Jones had nothing to gain in that fight. … I back Jackson on the decision that he made and the advice that he gave Jones to pull out of the fight. … It doesn't do the UFC any good to chop the legs out from possibly their biggest star, because he doesn't take a last minute replacement fight. … I think it's organizational suicide to do that to your biggest star."

Miletich makes some valid points, and it's somewhat surprising that so many MMA fans blame "Bones" for the way things went down. In reality, Jones had every right to turn down the fight, and many fighters would have done the same.

Even though the UFC is responsible for a large portion of MMA's growth, the promotion still has a long way to go when it comes to dealing with fighters. Right now, White runs the company like a military dictator, and fighters have to agree with the "Supreme Leader" or face dire consequences. Even the biggest names in the UFC aren't exempt.

White might feel like he has a right to bully Jones into taking a title fight on short notice, but his decision to lash out at UFC's light-heavyweight champion didn't help the sport in any way. It only made MMA look like what some have always thought of it: a bunch of imbeciles beating each other up.

Can you imagine Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum, trying to force Manny Pacquiao into taking a fight on eight days notice? And then going after the Filipino congressman in the press if he refuses? It simply doesn't help your brand.

Fortunately for White, as long as the UFC is the premier MMA organization, he'll get away with his antics. However, if a viable competitor ever emerges, he'll probably have a hard time retaining the superstars he's spent years trying to develop.

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner that has watched and studied MMA for the past 7 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Steph Daniels, "Pat Miletich 'I Think It's Organizational Suicide To Do That To Your Biggest Star'"

Fight and fighter information from Sherdog.com

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