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The MMA world was thrown for a loop today when UFC president, Dana White, announced the cancellation of UFC 151. Fans and media weighed in on Twitter with a sharp division of opinions. Most prevalent was the notion that the cancellation was more or less Jon Jones' fault for failing to take a proposed match-up with Chael Sonnen on just eight days notice. I admit, while I can see the logic behind turning down this fight, it doesn't exactly sit well with me. My inner fangirl is a bit resentful of being cheated out of an entire card.
Many fighters have weighed in on Twitter about this situation, but Mo Lawal wanted to have his thoughts heard in their entirety. I conducted a 15 minute interview with him, exclusively for Bloody Elbow, so I'll actually be including the audio here for you. Be warned, we did not agree on the issue at first. He made some excellent points, and by the end, my rational side allowed me to see the reasoning behind what he was saying. Here's a quote to get you started:
Everybody wants to say that MMA is a legit sport and blah, blah, blah, but when have we ever seen a basketball player or a football player get hurt, not play in a game, and all the sudden, the commissioner is like, 'You know what? Since Peyton Manning or LeBron James is injured, we're going to cancel this game.' When have ya'll ever seen that? I saw Tim Duncan sit out 10-15 games because he wasn't feeling well. They didn't cancel any of the games because he wasn't playing. The games went on. If this is a true sport, the show goes on.
Check out the exclusive audio after the jump.Mo Lawal Weighs In On UFC 151 Cancellation
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