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Bisping weighs in on Jones decision, Jackson explains

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British middleweight Michael Bisping has criticised UFC light heavyweight champion Jon 'Bones' Jones for refusing to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice.

Jones had been preparing for a title defence against Dan Henderson at UFC 151 next weekend, before injury forced Henderson to withdraw. With few other options the UFC put forward Sonnen as a replacement for Henderson - but Jones rejected the proposal.

That decision forced the cancellation of UFC 151 on Thursday - the first time in the UFC's history that a pay-per-view event has had to be abandoned.

And now middleweight Bisping has stepped in to criticise Jones - noting that he was forced to fight Sonnen at short notice in January due to injuries to other fighters. It was a bout 'The Count' went on to lose, costing him a title shot against middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

"Jones said he's not fighting Chael on eight days' notice. I did," Bisping said on Twitter. "Just saying."

Jones had maintained that he was unwilling to give Sonnen, who has only recently moved up to light heavyweight, a title shot without the American earning it in the Octagon. His trainer, Greg Jackson, explained that the decision to turn down Sonnen this time was because of the short time-frame involved.

"I was asked if it was smart to take a fight on three days' notice and I don't think it's smart to do that," Jackson said on The MMA Show. "Three days to fight a guy that calibre is not a smart thing to do."

However, UFC president Dana White described Jones' actions as a "sport killer".

"I'm not trying to ruin the sport or cancel an event," Jackson responded. "I don't know about that stuff, but I thought it wasn't a wise course of action."

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