UFC 151

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UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson
A poster or logo for UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date Cancelled
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Event chronology
UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort

UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson[1] was a planned mixed martial arts event that was to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 1, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was to be headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout, between champion Jon Jones and former dual-division PRIDE FC and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson. However, the event was cancelled on August 23, when the UFC announced Henderson was unable to fight due to injury, and Jones refused to take a replacement fight against longtime middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen.[2]

Background[edit]

The fight between Thiago Tavares and Dennis Hallman was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 150, but was moved to this event on July 12, 2012.[3]

Josh Koscheck was expected to face Jake Ellenberger, but pulled out of the bout, citing a back injury and was replaced by returning veteran Jay Hieron.[4]

Cancellation[edit]

On August 23, Dana White announced that Henderson had sustained a partial rupture of his MCL and had withdrawn from the bout.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 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.[5] Later, it was reported that Machida declined to fight Jones on such short notice. The promotion announced that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort will challenge Jon Jones at UFC 152.[6]

"UFC 151 will be remembered as the event Jon Jones and Greg Jackson murdered."

-Dana White.[1]

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."[7]

Dana White blamed the cancellation on Jones and his coach, Greg Jackson, who advised him that accepting the fight with Sonnen on short notice would be the "biggest mistake of [his] entire career."[8] Some MMA analysts, however, see the UFC at fault for creating thin cards.[9] With fights occurring nearly every weekend, the pool of fighters available as substitutes when injuries occur is shallow.[10][11] CBS Sports columnist Gregg Doyel argued Dana White's mishandling of UFC 151 proved that UFC competitors need a union, stating: "...fights fall through all the time -- the flimsy card fell apart. This was the UFC's fault. This was UFC president Dana White's fault...".[12] 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.[13]

Cancelled fight card[edit]

Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Jon Jones (c) vs Dan Henderson
Welterweight Jake Ellenberger vs Jay Hieron [a]
Featherweight Dennis Siver vs Eddie Yagin [b]
Lightweight Dennis Hallman vs Thiago Tavares [c]
Flyweight John Lineker vs Yasuhiro Urushitani [d]
Preliminary Card (FX)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Michael Johnson vs Danny Castillo [e]
Bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki vs Jeff Hougland [f]
Lightweight Tim Means vs Abel Trujillo [g]
Lightweight Daron Cruickshank vs Henry Martinez [h]
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Shane Roller vs Jacob Volkmann [i]
Welterweight Kyle Noke vs Charlie Brenneman [j]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Al-Shatti, Shaun (2012-08-12). "Morning Report: Dana White Declares UFC 151 the 'Event Jon Jones and Greg Jackson Murdered'". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  2. ^ Al-Shatti, Shaun (2012-07-24). "Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann Slated for UFC 151". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  3. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2012-07-12). "Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares moves from UFC 150 to UFC 151". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  4. ^ Marrocco, Steven; Stupp, Dann (2012-08-08). "Jay Hieron rejoins the UFC, meets Jake Ellenberger at UFC 151". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  5. ^ Staff (2012-08-23). "Dan Henderson Injured; UFC 151 Cancelled". MMAWeekly.com. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  6. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2012-08-24). "Vitor Belfort replaces Lyoto Machida against champ Jon Jones at UFC 152". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  7. ^ Staff (2012-08-23). "UFC 152 Remains Toronto Moniker; Cancelled UFC 151 Event is the 'Lost Show'". MMAWeekly.com. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  8. ^ Critchfield, Tristen (2012-08-23). "Despite Dana White’s Tirade, Greg Jackson Stands By Advice He Offered to Jon Jones". Sherdog. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  9. ^ Fowlkes, Ben (2012-08-25). "A guide to playing a complex blame game in the wake of UFC 151's cancellation". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  10. ^ Schmidt, Erik (2012-08-23). "No Bones About It: UFC 151 canceled after Jones declines fight with Sonnen". ProSportsBlogging.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  11. ^ Braiterman, Cory (2012-08-24). "The UFC 151 Cancellation Blame List: Who You Should Be Mad At and Why". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  12. ^ Doyel, Gregg (2012-08-27). "White's mishandling of UFC 151 proves that UFC's competitors need a union". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  13. ^ Drahota, Mike (2012-08-25). "Dan Henderson injured 3 weeks ago, but was still willing to fight Jones". LowKick.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  14. ^ Leslie, Chris (2012-08-23). "UFC on FX 5 Update: Ellenberger vs. Hieron Slated for Co-Main Event". MMAFrenzy.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  15. ^ Alexander, Mookie (2012-08-30). "Dennis Siver Vs. Eddie Yagin Moved To UFC On FOX 5, All UFC 151 Fights Now Rescheduled". BloodyElbow.com. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  16. ^ Erickson, Matt (2012-08-24). "Dennis Hallman-Thiago Tavares fight moves from scrapped UFC 151 to UFC on FX 5". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  17. ^ a b Staff (2012-08-24). "Mizugaki-Hougland, Urushitani-Lineker move from UFC 151 to UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  18. ^ a b Staff (2012-08-23). "Castillo-Johnson, Roller-Volkmann latest shifts from UFC 151 to UFC on FX 5". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  19. ^ a b Staff (2012-08-27). "Means-Trujillo, Cruickshank-Martinez moved from scrapped UFC 151 to UFC on FOX 5". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  20. ^ Staff (2012-08-23). "Noke-Brenneman moved to UFC 152 in Toronto; Miller forced out of bout with Pierson". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 

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