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