With the world abuzz with rumors that Dan Henderson suffered an injury that would keep him out of UFC 151, the UFC hurriedly put together a short-notice teleconference to confirm the unfortunate news, Dan Henderson has a partial tear in his ACL. Just nine days out, the promotion struggled to put together a replacement bout for next weekend’s event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
According to UFC President Dana White, only one man would take the fight, Chael Sonnen. There was only one problem, Jon Jones refused to fight Sonnen on such short notice, despite the recent verbal jabs the two have taken at one another.
With no main event and a rather anemic undercard, it wasn’t hard to guess what came next. The dejected White stated, “This is an all-time low for me as UFC President. This is the first time we’re canceling an event in 11 years.” The UFC 151 moniker will now be passed down to UFC 152, which takes place September 22 in Toronto, where Jon Jones will now face Lyoto Machida in a rematch of their December bout.
As for the rest of the fighters on the bill, Dana White still has no idea what kind of shuffle will transpire but they will all be moved to other cards, whether or not they will still be paired together remains to be seen.
The UFC president has confirmed that Ticketmaster will offer refunds to all UFC 151 ticket holders.