ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: Fighter Jon Jones speaks during a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Yes, that horse is still lying there dead and no, we're not done beating it.
How could we? Not with juicy quotes like the one Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones gave to the Montreal Gazette recently when talking about the controversy surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151.
You know the story by now. Dan Henderson suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of the event scheduled for Sept. 1, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. But he didn't tell anyone until just over one week to showtime, leading to a mad scramble to find Jones a new opponent in the main event.
Eventually, they settled on Chael Sonnen but "Bones," under the advisement of head trainer Greg Jackson, turned the fight down. This, of course, pissed UFC President Dana White off beyond measure, as he cancelled the entire event due to a weak undercard and the inability to find a suitable replacement, despite Anderson Silva offering his services.
White left a trail of bodies in his wake, engaging in a very public feud with Jones that saw both sides come out with arguments defending their respective positions.
Now that enough time has passed, everyone is slowly kissing and making up, realizing it's best for all involved to buck up and move on. But before that happens, Jones had to get in one last parting shot that probably wasn't meant as one but comes off like one anyway.
"I think in the future, this can make me and Dana even better off. For him to get out how he felt about me in that situation, it will help me look at things more business-oriented. A lot of good can come out of it. Fighters can learn the lesson of doing what's best for themselves and not feeling like puppets. I think the UFC has learned a lesson of making sure they stay loyal to the fans and give them full cards."
Once you get through the initial shock that Jones would actually make such a comment after all the bad press he's been dealing with, he's actually got a good point.
There's now a clearly established line in the sand between the UFC expecting too much of its roster and the actual roster realizing they don't have to be puppets, mere pawns in a game of big business where they are not the primary beneficiaries.
Jones didn't actually hurt himself in this situation either, considering he'll be headlining an even bigger show at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto against Vitor Belfort, a fight he should win handily.
Will the UFC slow down its rapid expansion and realize it can't go the route of boxing with top heavy cards? We shall see.
In the meantime, anyone want to guess what the fallout will be from Jones' latest comments?