Fight fans received stunning news Thursday: UFC 151 event cancelled.
Main event challenger Dan Henderson suffered a knee injury which forced him to withdraw from his title fight with champion Jon Jones. With that fight gone, UFC management made the decision to pull the plug on the entire event.
But here's where the story gets complicated. No one wanted this on their hands. UFC President Dana White didn't just announce the cancellation on Thursday, he told the story from his perspective. White claims he offered the Jones fight to "several" contenders in the 205 weight class. The only one to step up was Chael Sonnen.
"Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones, wanted the fight bad. So as of eight, nine o'clock (Wednesday) night, we had a fight," White stated Thursday. However, "the one thing that I never thought in a million years would happen, happened. Jon Jones said, 'I'm not fighting Chael Sonnen with eight days notice.'"