When Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones turned down a fight against former middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen, UFC President Dana White made the unpopular decision to cancel the UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for this Saturday night (Sept. 1, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That made Charlie Brenneman mad.
"The Spaniard" was one of many fellow fighters who lit up the champ on Twitter, after "Bones" decided a short-notice fight against the "American Gangster" was an attempt to Pearl Harbor him and usurp the throne. Instead, he agreed to fight Vitor Belfort -- also a middleweight -- just a few weeks later (Sept. 22) at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
And the wrestler out of AMA Fight Club, several hundred dollars poorer, will be right alongside him.
After the jump, Brenneman defends his "educated, calculated frustration" behind his Twitter outburst to Sherdog Radio, and explains why he holds Jones more responsible than he does White along with how much the UFC 151 fiasco cost him out of pocket.
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"Even my wife was like, ‘Why are you mad at him? Why aren't you mad at Dana White? If you're champ, you're the champ. That means, yeah, you probably make the most money, but it also means that you're the face of Nike, you drive a Bentley, you are the face of the UFC. Those are big things. I don't get that. None of my immediate friends get that. Frankie Edgar, who's been champ, forever one of the best fighters in the UFC, he didn't get that. It's those kind of extra bonuses that then kind of put you in a position where you might have to do things that you don't necessarily want to do. We have to cover my wife's flight. All these airlines offer a ‘rebate,' but then there's a several-hundred-dollar activation fee for the rebate. We have to cover those costs. I know my brother and my parents, my aunt and uncle, they all lost out on money and that's money that I will give them. I'm sure they will tell me, ‘No, don't give it to me,' but that's several hundred, maybe a thousand bucks. My one corner, he purchased his flight. Got to change that to Canada, got to cover that difference. So yeah, there's a lot of stuff, not to mention I'm primed. I'm physically primed. I'm ready to fight Sept. 1 and I can't do that."
Brenneman knows a thing or two about short-notice fights.
Last year he stepped in to cover Nate Marquardt's absence in Pittsburgh and actually walked out of "Steel City" with a win over highly-touted 170-pound contender Rick Story. He was unable to capitalize on that victory and remains in the middle of the pack at 4-3 inside the Octagon.
Anyone think his comments were out of line? Or the voice of the people?