By: Chris Taylor
Yesterday, the twitter universe exploded with speculation that light heavyweight #1 contender Dan Henderson was injured and could possibly be forced out of his scheduled title fight at UFC 151. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped MMA media or officials from addressing the situation.
UFC announcer Kenny Florian was one of the first to address the rumor via twitter:
Hearing that we may have some disappointed @ufc fans soon due to some unfortunate circumstances for an upcoming card.
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 23, 2012
When rumors of a possible injury caught fire, Dan Henderson took to twitter to put to rest any further speculation by thanking a group of training partners for a great workout.
Just got done with a great training session with the boys. @cyrillediabate @tarecfighter @heathslims @rfbjj @rockholdmma
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) August 23, 2012
Just as everyone began to breathe easy, the plot thickened. One of the training partners that Dan Henderson had mentioned training with, Tarec Saffiedine, tweeted that he hadn’t seen Henderson since his fight for Strikeforce last week and that he hoped the injury rumor wasn’t true.
@mathawryluk94 havent seen him since my fight. Idk, hope its not true!!
— Tarec Saffiedine (@tarecfighter) August 23, 2012
A strange tweet from Tarec to say the least, considering he was apparently at a training session with Hendo yesterday evening.
Sources have confirmed that Dan Henderson indeed injured his knee grappling over a week ago. On August 12th coach Ricardo Feliciano tweeted a picture of Dan sparring with Luke Rockhold, where it appears that Dan was wearing a brace on his right knee.
One thing is certain, with only 2 weeks to go until UFC 151, a Henderson injury would all but completely destroy the card. If the rumor is true the UFC would have few options to go with. One option would be Lyoto Machida, who is already guaranteed himself a title shot with an impressive KO of Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4. The former champ came out of that fight unscathed. Another option, which would be a far stretch, but would surely increase ticket sales and PPV buys is Chael Sonnen. The former middleweight top contender has been talking trash to Jones for the past couple of weeks.
Is the MMA legend really injured? Will he be able to fight Jones at UFC 151? Only time will tell.
Tags: Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, jon jones, Kenny Florian, lyoto machida, ryan bader, tarec Saffiedine, UFC 151, ufc news