August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Frankie Edgar fights Benson Henderson (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Many fighters have offered up their opinions on the whole UFC 151 fiasco in the last few days, but one of the most logical ones came from former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Edgar, who announced on Tuesday that he would be dropping to the featherweight, was a guest on MMA Weekly Radio and was asked about Jon Jones famously turning down a bout with Chael Sonnen, which caused the whole event to be scrapped:
"You don't know the whole story and everybody's side of it. It's kind of crazy.
I think I would take the fight. If I had a full camp to prepare, and this guy only had eight days, I think I would, but you don't know. I think it all depends on match-ups and everything.
I'd like to say I would (take the fight). I don't know what my team would say, but ultimately I'm the one to make that decision."
I think the last sentence is most telling. By most accounts, Jones deferred to the opinion of his coach Greg Jackson, despite pressure from other parts of his camp to take the fight. In the end though, it WAS Jones' decision, and his alone. It's all said and done now, and Jones has taken full responsibility for it, but Frankie makes some sense here.