UFC 151 Event Cancelled: Hendo Injured, Jon Jones Turns Down Sonnen Match, Books Machida In Sept. | UFC NEWS
For the first time in UFC history, the UFC has cancelled an entire event due to an inability to book a main event.
Dan Henderson was forced to pull out of the UFC 151 main event due to a torn MCL and the UFC put together a deal with Chael Sonnen to come in on 8-days notice and fight the champ, Jon Jones.
While on today’s media call Dana White had the following to say.
“This is probably one of all-time lows as being president of the UFC in the past 11 years. For the first time in 11 years we are going to cancel an event.
Dan Henderson has a partial tear in his MCL and couldnâ€™t continue. HE tried to train he tried to continue to work out. He saw doctors and there was nothing we could do.
For someone to fight Jon Jones on 8 daysâ€™ notice is tough to do. But to be totally honest with you guyâ€™s one guy did. He said I would fly to Las Vegas tonight and fight him. Chael Sonnen accepted to fight Jon Jones, wanted to fight Jon Jones. As of 8 oâ€™clock last night we had a fight. We started working, I was going to do this call and it was going to be a different call.
The one thing in a million years that happened happened. Jon Jones said he would not fight Chael Sonnen. A guy who is a world champion and one of the pound for pound best fighters turned down a fight and that has never happened.
It will be Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida Saturday Sept. 22 at UFC 152
… Greg Jackson is a sport killer.”