Dana is hesitant to book this fight because:
a) Jon still has a strong drawing for PPV audience. This fight will do numbers but long term if Jon loses it could end. Some people pay their money in the hopes of seeing him lose (myself included).
b) You can argue that Jon is undefeated in MMA. So much so that Dana has tried to erase the L off his record to the Hammer. No matter how you spin it, an undefeated fighter has more appeal then one with a loss. Obviously there are certain fighters (McNuggets, Diaz, Jorge, ect.) who can flat out draw numbers but I believe Dana thinks Jon is not one especially due to his past history.
c) I honestly think that the UFC knows Francis would take out Jones and that loses the UFC another superstar. Hell most on this forum knows it would likely happen.
I know that the show must always go on and there’s always that next guy coming up but not only does a loss hamper the already tarnished legacy of Jones but also the UFC’s. There would be a less GOAT angle to promote Jon on.
just my two cents what do you guys think?
Dana protects his cash cows.
I fully believe that Dana put Hendo in 3 round fights with Evans and Machida, because he knew those guys were likely to win on points – and Dana was afraid Hendo might H-Bomb Jones.
5 round fights against Evans or Machida, and Hendo has a better chance.
These were 2 guys who would basically avoid meaningful exchanges, and just use speed to get points – especially Machida.
And it’s not that Hendo would have been favored over Jones.
Just that the H-Bomb was a BIG x-factor.
Its not the same as Rampage or Vitor swinging from a reach disadvantage.
The H-bomb could come off a break, at multiple angles, with either hand.
And Hendo was landing them pretty regular at that point in his career.
Jones should have been at HW a long time ago IMO.
He’s waiting for DC to retire and Stioe to get old, so he can come in and glide to a favorable matchup.
That’s how I see it.