Daniel Woirin revealed exclusively to Fighters Only today that the injury to Dan Henderson’s knee happened three weeks ago, when he tried to defend a takedown in a training.
Henderson’s team had to convince the 41 year-old fighter not to perform and also confirmed that they have been told Henderson will get another title shot as soon as he is completely recovered from the injury.
“Dan Henderson got hurt three weeks ago during sparring when he went to defend a takedown and for a while he has to be away from training, for two to three weeks. It was very difficult for him to refuse the fight. All the team had to convince him not to do it,” Woirin says.
“We did a final sparring yesterday to evaluate his condition and he really didn't have the chance to fight with Jones. It is so depressing for everybody. Many things are involved in a high-level fight like this one, but unfortunately, this happened.
“His fight has been called off and when he bounces back, he will be able to dispute the belt.”
Woirin is Henderson’s coach for Muay Thai and MMA striking; a French national, he had a successful career in Muay Thai before moving into coaching. He was a Muay Thai coach for the Black House team before moving to Team Quest two years ago.
Henderson’s UFC 151 opponent, Jon Jones, will now fight on September 22 in Canada. His opponent will be Lyoto Machida, making it the second time he will have fought the Brazilian former champion in under a year.