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 couldn’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 days’ notice is tough to do. But to be totally honest with you guy’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 o’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.”