For those of you complaining all the livelong day about the lack of star power UFC 151 is packing, pout no longer. With just nine days remaining until the curtain is drawn on the Labor Day weekend show, UFC president Dana White announced Thursday they have been forced to cancel the event because Dan Henderson (Pictured) tore the MCL in his knee.
Rumors were running rampant late Wednesday night that Hendo’s health was in jeopardy after a picture of his heavily taped knee appeared on the Internet. Henderson tried to kill the chatter with some curious posts on Twitter, but the inconsistent tweets only fueled suspicion.
Here’s the kicker, former middleweight top contender Chael Sonnen was more than willing to challenge Jones on just eight days’ notice. However, on the advice of coach Greg Jackson, and to the dismay of White, Jones declined the bout.
White said he was “disgusted” with Jones’ stance. He claims it is the only time in company history where a champion has ever turned down a fight.
Jones is perfect through his past seven scraps. April’s lopsided unanimous decision win over bitter rival Rashad Evans marked his fourth straight W over a prior UFC title holder. “Bones” will now face Lyoto Machida on September 22nd in Canada.
“UFC 152: Jones vs. Machida II” takes place inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto. UFC 151 has been completely erased from the record books.
Henderson earned his shot at the throne after his instant classic victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139. The soon-to-be 42-year-old opted to wait for Jones following November’s victory.
White has no idea how long Henderson will be riding the pine for or if he’ll maintain his top contender status upon return.