"You have a whole camp preparing to fight a specific athlete," Silva responded regarding Jones (via Sherdog.com). "When the opponent changes, the preparation changes a bit. I thought he could have fought Chael, but it's his decision. He prepared to fight Dan Henderson. The whole team thought it was best not to fight."
"When I heard the event might be canceled, I called [UFC President] Dana White and said I would fight in the light heavyweight division against someone who also wasn?t training for the event. Besides the main fight, the event had many other fighters who depended on it. I worried about that, because I have lived through situations like this in smaller events."
Penick's Analysis: There are those who believe Silva's willingness to step up for UFC 151 hurts Jones' case for turning down a fight on eight day's notice, but they are two very different situations. Silva was willing to step up against a fighter out of his division who wasn't training for this event, with no title on the line and a clear understanding that it was such a late notice fight. For Jones, he would have been in a somewhat similar situation against Sonnen, with one very important difference: his title would have been on the line. Now, you can take that as a valid excuse or not, but it is a distinction between the two situations. Still, had they not canceled the event, it would have been great to see Silva step up against someone on a week's notice like that.