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UFC 151: Bones vs. Hendo

UFC 151
  • Saturday 09.01.2012 at 10:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: FX
  • Name: UFC 151: Bones vs. Hendo
  • Also Known As: Jones vs. Henderson
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
  • Number of MMA Bouts: 0
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Fight Card

This event was cancelled.

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

UFC 151 Wiki Update Wiki

On August 23, Dana White announced that original main event contestant and challenger to Jon Jones's light heavyweight belt, Dan Henderson had sustained a partial rupture of his MCL and had withdrawn from the bout. White then announced via press conference that UFC 151 would be the first event in the organization's history to be cancelled, after Jones declined to fight late replacement Chael Sonnen, who agreed to take the fight on eight days notice. Initially, White announced that Jones would defend his title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 and that UFC 151 simply will not take place. Later, it was reported that Machida declined to fight Jones.


The promotion subsequently announced that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort would challenge Jon Jones at UFC 152. Initial reports indicated that UFC 152, scheduled to take place three weeks later, would be renamed UFC 151. However, Zuffa announced that UFC 152 would keep its name and UFC 151 would officially be deemed a "lost show." Dana White blamed the cancellation on Jones and his coach, Greg Jackson, who advised Jones that accepting the fight with Sonnen on short notice would be the "biggest mistake of [his] entire career." Some MMA analysts, however, see the UFC at fault for creating thin cards. With fights occurring nearly every weekend, the pool of fighters available as substitutes when injuries occur is shallow.


Dan Henderson was also criticized when It was later reported that he had been injured three weeks prior to the announcement but kept the injury under wraps as he was still hoping to compete. Jones and his camp were concerned that Sonnen, a longtime training partner of Dan Henderson, might have been tipped off to the injury weeks before it was made public and might have already begun preparations to step in against Jones. Sonnen had, in fact, begun provoking and mocking Jones via Twitter several weeks before Henderson's injury was announced, lending credence to the theory that Sonnen knew of the injury ahead of time. Sonnen's camp as well as Dan Henderson denied those rumors.

Last updated 10.01.2012, 9:30 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  UFC 151: Jon Jones Pre-Fight Interview report dead link

    Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has a straightforward gameplan for his title fight at UFC 151: Let nature take its course, and become the first person to TKO Dan Henderson.

  • Promo Video  |  UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson Preview report dead link

    The most buzzed-about fighter in the sport meets a man known for knocking legends off their pedestals. Can Dan Henderson dethrone Jon Jones on September 1?

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