UFC 151 is cancelled.
Dana White, UFC president, today held an extraordinary last-mintue conference call to announce that the September 1 event was being called off because of an injury to Dan Henderson, who was to star in the headline fight against light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
The UFC was unable to find a replacement for Henderson, who doctors said was unfit to fight after suffering an MCL tear in his right knee. And so Jones will now fight on September 22 against Lyoto Machida, who turned down a request to have the fight September 1 and replace Henderson.
it is the first time in its history that Zuffa, parent company of the UFC, has had to cancel an event.
Henderson has posted about the cancellation on Facebook:
“Sadly and unfortunately, I partially tore a ligament in my knee in training. As a result I've had to make one of the toughest decisions that I have ever had to make...for the first time in my career I am forced to pull out of a fight, my fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151. Luckily, surgery is not needed at this time and I will be completely devoted to rehabing my knee as quickly as possible.
“I feel that I owe it to my fans and all the people supporting me to fight at my full potential in order to give myself a chance to win the UFC title. I appreciate the loyal support that I have felt from my fans. I want to thank all of my coaches and team of guys for the great support with my training camp.
“Most importantly, I appreciate their honesty when I needed them the most to make this very difficult decision. I also want to thank Dana and Lorenzo for being so understanding and supportive. I will continue to pursue the UFC belt with all of my heart!”