By: King Eddie
For the first time in 11 years under Zuffa control, the UFC will cancel an event. UFC 151 as a whole is off. This is truly a dark day in MMA. After an injury suffered by Dan Henderson in training, he was forced to withdraw from the main event title bout, and in turn the entire event was canceled.
There was an offer to save the card by one Mr. Chael Sonnen. But Jon Jones turned that fight down. And according to UFC President, Dana White, the card could not continue. For the first time in his career as UFC President, he had to cancel an event.
"He tried to train and tried to continue to work out," White said of Henderson's knee injury. "He saw doctors, and there was nothing we could do to save that fight."
"Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones last night," White said. "At 8 or 9 last night the one thing I never thought would happen in a million years happen. Jon Jones said, I won't fight Chael Sonnen on eight days notice. That has never happened either."
The bout cancellation is bad. It's really bad. With the amount of time and money and work the UFC puts into building each event, this loss, only 8 days out from the show, will surely be a deadly blow.
"It’s major, major deal," said White. "We lose [expletive] of money, money that’s already been spent. We’re eight days out. We’ve spent [expletive] of money on this fight. How long, how far it goes and how bad it hurts. I don’t know because it’s the first time we’ve done it."
In the teleconference with White this morning, he placed most of the blame on Jones and trainer Greg Jackson.
Jones will now fight Machida at UFC 152. It is unclear what will happen to all the other fights that were booked on the card.
MMA Hawaii's Doc Mason is currently on hand at Greg Jackson's camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We will have more info as it is released.