UFC 151 canceled after Dan Henderson knee injury and Jon Jones rejecting Chael Sonnen fight

UFC 151 has been canceled after Dan Henderson's torn MCL and Jon Jones' surprising case of cowardice

8/23/12 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIREUFC President Dana White's nightmare started with Dan Henderson tearing his MCL, and ended with UFC 151 being canceled thanks to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones turning down a fight with the only man willing to step into the octagon with him, former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen.

Jones and Henderson were scheduled to fight for the belt on September 1 in Las Vegas. With Hendo's injury, that fight couldn't happen, so it sent the UFC scrambling to find a replacement opponent for Jones on short notice.

Sonnen, coming off his second loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva, was the only one who accepted the fight.

Unfortunately, Jones decided that it would be imprudent to fight Sonnen on such short notice and turned down the fight.

Jones' trainer Greg Jackson told Jones that it would be "the biggest mistake of his career" to fight Sonnen.

Apparently Jackson forgot about Jones' DUI back in May, when he wrapped his Bentley around a telephone pole.

Now, Jones is scheduled to fight Lyoto Machida in Toronto at the event formerly known as UFC 152, which will now be UFC 151. Interestingly enough, Jones has already beaten Machida in Toronto, via guillotine choke at UFC 140 last December.

Dana White is furious at Jones, blaming him for the fighters on the undercard who will lose money because of this, but don't be fooled by White's hyperbole. HE canceled the card, not Jones. Also, as the champ, it's perfectly within Jones' rights to reject a fight, especially with a guy coming off a loss in a lower division.

We'll see if Sonnen gets his title shot sometime in the future, possibly after a few wins at light heavyweight, but for now it's just another rematch for Jones.
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8/23/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Scott wrote:
I see a fight with Sonnen as a no-win situation for Jon Jones.  If he wins, it's hardly anything to brag about beating a middleweight contender who lost his last fight that had 8 days to train.  If he loses, he'll get blasted for agreeing to the fight in the first place plus he'll have to go to the back of the line and watch Machida get the next shot.  

Also, I think it's unfair for Dana White to blame Jon Jones for the cancellation of the PPV.  It's always a risk when you book a headline match with a weak under card and this time, it caught up to White.  

Scott, I couldn't agree more in regards to the undercard. UFC is slowly starting to mirror boxing cards by going with weaker undercards and the super main event. I also think the overall product has been diluted.  Too many shows and too many fights involving mediocre fighters. UFC is supposed to be the elite--not so much anymore.

8/23/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Pat wrote:
If Jones doesn't want to fight Sonnen, do you think he'd agree to a fight against Silva? If the UFC forced him to do it, I'm sure it would happen, but I don't think either of those guys are exactly excited about that potential superfight.

Man, it would be awesome, though.

Silva and Jones aren't interested due to their legacy, which is mindless, because it's just for the fans and nobody would think lesser of the loser.  Jones has beaten better than Sonnen, so it was more about preparation, which is why Jackson advised against fighting him with 8 days to train. Sonnen is an annoying fighter that requires camps to bring in different people to sample the style. Anderson Silva was better prepared the second time around and that was proven by the result.

8/23/12   |   Scott   |   53741 respect

I see a fight with Sonnen as a no-win situation for Jon Jones.  If he wins, it's hardly anything to brag about beating a middleweight contender who lost his last fight that had 8 days to train.  If he loses, he'll get blasted for agreeing to the fight in the first place plus he'll have to go to the back of the line and watch Machida get the next shot.  

Also, I think it's unfair for Dana White to blame Jon Jones for the cancellation of the PPV.  It's always a risk when you book a headline match with a weak under card and this time, it caught up to White.  

8/23/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

beerstudk wrote:
When will we get Jones vs. Anderson Silva?!

If Jones doesn't want to fight Sonnen, do you think he'd agree to a fight against Silva? If the UFC forced him to do it, I'm sure it would happen, but I don't think either of those guys are exactly excited about that potential superfight.

Man, it would be awesome, though.

8/23/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

beerstudk wrote:
When will we get Jones vs. Anderson Silva?!

Never! We are closer to seeing GSP vs Anderson. UFC says that fight could happen soon.

8/23/12   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

When will we get Jones vs. Anderson Silva?!