The Ultimate Fighting Championship has sent out a press release saying there will be a special announcement from UFC President Dana White today regarding “UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson” via media teleonference at 2 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT.
The rumors started on Twitter late last night from Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian)
“Hearing that we may have some disappointed @UFC fans soon due to some unfortunate circumstances for an upcoming card”
Rumors of a Dan Henderson injury emerged that sparked a wildfire of speculation on what happened and who would replace Hendo on the card. Henderson was scheduled to face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones for the title on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas.
Stay close to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) for LIVE updates from today’s teleconference with the UFC President for the official announcement.
Here is the audio of the call:
*BREAKING NEWS – QUICK QUOTES*
One of my all time lows. We are going to cancel the whole event. Hendo has a partial tear in MCL. Entire UFC 151 card is cancelled.
Chael Sonnen said he would fight Jones. Only person to step up.
Jones would not fight Sonnen on 8 days notice.
Jones vs. Machida will now be moved to Sept. 22 on UFC 152 on the Toronto, Canada card.
Dana says he has not slept all night.
“I can accept why Machida didn’t take the fight.” -DW
Dana doesn’t sound happy with Jones.
“Greg Jackson told Jones to take the fight with Sonnen on 8 days notice would be the biggest mistake of his career, ” -this according to White.
“This guy is a f*cking sport killer” –Dana White talking about Greg Jackson!!! Wow!
White extremely frustrated with Jones and Jackson camp it seems. More Jackson.
“In the history of the UFC, Tito Ortiz has been the most difficult guy to deal with, and Tito did not take fights.”
“The first fight cancelled in UFC history since we owned the company and the first champion to ever turn down a match.” -DW
UFC 152 now becomes officially UFC 151…..
“This thing went right down to the wire when I got on this call. … Jon Jones acting like this and all this other B.S. I couldn’t do it [still hold the show].”
White was never crazy about UFC sponsorships of fighters [asked if this would affect his UFC sponsorship].
“It’s a major major deal. We lose sh*tloads of money. I don’t really know because it’s the first time we’ve done it.”
“Jon Jones has been a champion that hasn’t been very popular and this isn’t going to help that any.”
“Chael said he would fly to Vegas today and fight him anywhere anytime. … Chael said Jones was a mental midget. … I don’t know why a guy who is a world champion wouldn’t fight anyone.”
“I can’t make someone fight. You’re either a fighter or you’re not. … Good for you Jon Jones, you’re rich and you don’t need to take a fight. But what about all the guys on the undercard… I can’t make you fight, but it’s probably not a good idea not to do it.”
“If he turns down Machida, we’ll have another conference call and it won’t be good.”
“Greg Jackson should never be interviewed by anybody again except a f*ck*ng psychiatrist.”