Dan Henderson says he was “shocked” to learn that Jon Jones had refused to accept Chael Sonnen as a stand-in opponent for September 1.
A replacement was necessary because Henderson sustained a knee injury and had to pull out of the UFC 151 main event. Sonnen offered to step in on eight days notice and the UFC initially thought the event was saved - until Jones refused to fight him on that date.
“This is the first time that the champion wouldn't step up and fight, and I was pretty shocked to hear that. It's not like he's injured,” said an incredulous Henderson.
“It's unbelievable to me that he wouldn't take that 'the show must go on' attitude. If there was any way I could have gone, and any way that I thought I could give myself a chance to compete, I would have done that.”
As a result, the UFC decided today to cancel the event. It is the first time in the history of the company that they have had to cancel an event, including even the SEG era when it was sometimes necessary to move shows across state lines at the last minute because of legal interference.