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.'"
SHIELDS vs. HERMAN
This fight has the potential to be a very entertaining grappling match. Both of these guys are two of the better grapplers in the middleweight division. This is going to be a chess match and once someone makes a mistake they will be going for checkmate.
Jake Shields makes his way back to 185-pounds after going 2-2 at welterweight. In Shield's last fight at middleweight he successfully defended his Strikeforce belt by defeating Dan Henderson on April 17, 2010. That was Henderson's last defeat, and now finds himself fighting for the UFC light heavyweight belt against Jon Jones.
Shields has been one of the best fighters in the world, and his grappling is off the charts. He is 27-6-1 in his MMA career, and had a 15-fight win streak come to an end when he lost to welterweight champ, George St. Pierre, on April 30, 2011. Usually when a fighter has a 15-fight win streak it is because of lack of competition.
UFC 150 has the potential to be one of the best cards of the year on August 11 at "The Pepsi Center" in Denver, Colorado.
Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) gets his chance at redemption against the UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (16-2) in the main event.
Two of the most entertaining lightweights, Donald Cerrone (18-4) and Melvin Guillard (30-10-2), go toe-to-toe in the co-main event. The former training partners at Greg Jackson's camp promise to put on a show for the ages.
Jake Shields (27-6-1) makes his return to the middleweight division against Ed Herman (20-8).
Yushin Okami (26-7) takes on Buddy Roberts (12-2) and Justin Lawrence (4-0) will look to keep his record flawless against Max Holloway (5-1) to round up the main card.
Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar will meet for the second time this year. On Feb. 26, they locked horns in an epic five-round war that was one of the best fights of 2012. Dana White made the right move, and gave Frankie Edgar an immediate rematch after he lost a unanimous decision to Henderson.
Before the UFC 150 PPV card goes down, five preliminary bouts will kick off the night in Denver, CO. Here are my UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II preliminary card predictions.