Jon Jones took a lot of heat for the cancellation of UFC 151 from fans, media, and even his own Boss, UFC President Dana White and on the UFC 152 conference call yesterday, the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion explained why he is looking forward to putting the issue behind him and sitting down and talking things out with White:
"You know what? I_m over it. I really am. I_m actually getting more and more excited to talk to Dana and get this behind us. The UFC is an awesome brand but in this situation I had to stand up for myself and do what was right. But at the same time, me holding a personal beef against Dana gets me nowhere. He_s still my boss at the end of the day and he has every right to express how he feels. He has freedom of speech. I said some things about the way I feel about how Dana handled the situation. I also think the fans are kind of using their minds a little bit and realizing it truly wasn_t my fault. That I_m not a UFC executive. Dan Henderson got hurt, that_s what happened. They asked me to put my livelihood on the line, to put my belt on the line. I turned it down like many smart champions would have done. Think about it: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. If Pacquiao gets hurt, you think he would fight [Miguel] Cotto last minute? No. No one would_ve done it. No one. And the guys who say they would_ve done it? They_re not me, I guess. But anyways, I_m over it. I_m ready to move forward with Dana. I think me and Dana being on the same team -- me being on the same team as the UFC and not being one of these nemesis-type athletes -- is going to get us very far. Me as an individual athlete and the UFC in having a mainstream athlete, a guy that_s trying to break down walls to mainstream America. I can_t do that having a problem with the UFC. So I_m totally over it, ready to talk to Dana and get past this."
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