The mixed martial arts news just won’t stop coming today. Shortly after UFC president Dana White canceled UFC 151 because light heavyweight champ Jon Jones refused a last-minute scrap against Chael Sonnen, middleweight king Anderson Silva offered to salvage the September 1st event by meeting a 205-pounder.
Unfortunately for fight fans, he wasn’t asking to face Jones.
UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting that the organization had already decided to pull the plug on UFC 151 by the time Silva’s representatives contacted him. White didn’t reach out to Silva to serve as substitute initially because “The Spider” previously claimed his 2012 campaign was a wrap after beating Sonnen in July. However, White was flattered by the Brazilian’s offer to bail the company out.
Silva and Jones have been adamant about not wanting to battle each other, so it’s not a shocker the blockbuster bout wasn’t arranged. In addition, if the superfight ever came to fruition, there’s no way one week is enough time to promote the most anticipated scrap in MMA history.
Furthermore, if Jones turned down Sonnen on eight days’ notice, there’s no way he would agree to battling Silva at the 11th hour.
Dan Henderson was originally slated to challenge Jones for his crown at UFC 151, but Hendo was forced to withdraw after blowing the MCL in his knee. Jones was then assigned to Lyoto Machida at UFC 152, but Machida then declined the contest because he wanted more than one month to prepare for their rematch.
Vitor Belfort quickly swooped in and accepted the September 22nd tango with Jones.