UFC 151 cancelled after Dan Henderson injured
Dan Henderson, top, punches Mauricio Rua, from Brazil, during the second round of a UFC 139 Mixed Martial Arts light heavyweight bout in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:55PM EDT
UFC 151 has been cancelled after light heavyweight contender Dan Henderson was sidelined with a knee injury and champion Jon Jones declined a replacement fight with Chael Sonnen.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement Thursday, scrapping a major card for the first time in his 11 years in charge of mixed martial arts' dominant promotion.
UFC 151 was scheduled for Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
White is furious with Jones and his trainer, Greg Jackson, for declining a replacement bout with Sonnen, the former 185-pound contender who agreed to move up in weight with eight days' notice. White says Jones is the first UFC champion ever to turn down a match.
Jones has agreed to fight former champion Lyoto Machida on Sept. 22 in Toronto.