UFC President Dana White announced following UFC on Fox 5 that Alexander Gustafsson is a possibility to face Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, citing an lingering knee issue for Dan Henderson. White announced the possible change, the winner of which would be in line for a UFC light heavyweight title shot. White announced the possible change on the UFC’s FUEL TV post-fight show.
News of the injury was rather surprising to one person in particular, Henderson himself. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion took to twitter to refute White’s claims. Said Henderson:
“Not sure where @danawhite thinks he’s hearing that my knee isn’t doing ok. It’s doing great. Slowly picking training up just like I do for every training camp,” Henderson continued, “I guess I’ll hv [sic] to show Dana personally how my knee feels.”
Henderson’s MCL injury, and subsequent effort to hide the injury, was the catalyst for the cancelation of UFC 151. While the initial blame was placed solely on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, White would later admit that Henderson was at fault as well.
UFC 157 will be headlined by UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey facing Liz Carmouche. The bout will serve as the first UFC women’s fight. UFC 157 will take place February 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.