For the first time ever a UFC event was completely cancelled. Dana White called a surprise meeting about the fate of UFC 151 this morning where he announced that the event would be cancelled.
“Dan Henderson has a partial tear in his MCL and couldn’t continue. He tried to train, he continued to work out and saw a doctor, but there was nothing we could do to save that fight.” said White.
White continued to go on and state that Chael had been called in as a replacement for Henderson, but Jones refused to fight Sonnen on eight days notice.
This marks the first time in White’s eleven years owning the company that he has had to cancel a major event.
The backlash from other fighters on the card has been loud already.
Charlie Brenneman tweeted @jonnybones u can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ. Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks. @ufc
Jones will now face Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 on Sept. 22. It will remain named UFC 152 and UFC 151 will stay the cancelled Vegas event.