UFC 151 Cancelled: Henderson Injured, Sonnen Denied, but Anderson Silva Tried to Save the Day

August 24, 2012
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Anderson Silva at UFC 117As UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson came crumbling to the ground on Thursday, an unlikely figure threw his name in the ring – or the Octagon as it were – to try and help stave off the unprecedented move.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, when he heard that the event would have to be scrapped after light heavyweight champion Jon Jones declined to face Chael Sonnen on just eight days notice, offered up his services.

A month and a half removed from his latest fight against Chael Sonnen, Silva hadn’t been in preparation for a fight and thus would be unlikely to safely make middleweight. He reportedly offered, via manager Ed Soares, to take a light heavyweight bout at UFC 151 if it would mean saving the event.

Unfortunately, the offer came in a little too late, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship had already pulled the plug on UFC 151.

The Silva bout, had White accepted the champ’s offer, would not have been against Jones.

With Dan Henderson injured and a deal for a new fight for Jones at UFC 151 unable to be struck, White announced that Jones would be moved to UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto, where he would rematch Lyoto Machida.

Unfortunately, Machida later declined that bout; leading White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta to give a call to former 205-pound champion Vitor Belfort, who immediately agreed to fight Jones.

Belfort had been fighting at middleweight and was scheduled to face Alan Belcher at UFC 153 in Rio in October, but didn’t hesitate in returning to 205 pounds and a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt he used to own.

Anderson Silva’s offer to fight at UFC 151 was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more UFC 151 cancellation developments and other UFC news.

  • roscuro987

    i would pay for a silva/jones fight!!!!!

    • no shit, its one of the biggest MMA fights of all time but Silva didnt offer to fight Bones, he offered to fight a LHW fight…neither of these guys would ever fight one another on 8 days notice…

    • The article says it wouldn’t have been Silva/Jones though. Maybe he would have put his belt on the line last minute or did a non title bout. Forget Silva/Jones. Silva has been in the UFC since 06′ breaking all records. GSP has been around forever clearing out the WW division. GSP deserves a chance to move up and fight Silva. Jones although is great and beat a lot of top guys is still pretty new and has a lot more to do before he gets a fight with Silva. GSP deserves that chance more than anyone. IMO.

  • @Combat your totally right on with this. I agree the GSP vs Silva is the super fight to make now they have both been the UFC staples for the last 5+ years… It’s the fight I want to see most at this point. Plus Jones future is HW as he has eluded too so I’m more interested in seeing him against the guys in that divison.

    • Well for now let’s see Jones take on Vitor. He won’t have to worry about the weight cut and I’m sure he’s in shape. To bad Machida couldn’t take the fight but if Vitor wins there’s more interesting matches for the division. Vitor/Machida, Vitor/Henderson, Vitor/Sonnen! Not that all of those matches can’t happen anyway, I’m just saying.

  • LongyDongy

    Dan too incompetent and unprofessional to stay healthy for his fight in a week…a large array of LHW contenders turn down the offer for Bones…Machida turns down the offer to fight Bones in a month…the UFC makes a card so weak that it crumbles due to one man pulling out at the last minute…and this is all Jon’s fault bc he didnt take a fight with a MW who just recently lost in devastating fashion. Interesting

    • smill0313

      I agree with your assessment except for Hendo being incompetent. A training injury can happen to anybody at anytime in this sport. All it takes to tear an MCL is to shoot for a double with your leg a tiny fraction off center. Being human has everything to do with the injury, not incompetence. The guy is 41 and still hangs with the best of them. 90% of these guys couldnt do what Hendo does at that age.

    • atmosphere

      so getting injured is unprofessional?

      you can get injured walking the dog, doing taebo, or taking a massive dump, but it’s more likely to suffer an injury during training. did you expect him to sit on the couch and pad his house in bubblewrap for weeks leading up to the fight?

  • Wow this guy ^ talks a lot of trash lol

  • ThePilot

    Silva is not far away from retirement and once he does GSP will beat his record of title defences. I would love to see Silva against Jones though as Silva has shown he can fight well at LHW.

    • Lesnardo

      Silva can hang with top 5 (Shogun, Lyoto, Rashad, Hendo). He can’t beat Jones.

      James Irwin and Forrest Griffin are not top 205ers.

  • Jmoney

    Absolutely dead on accurate… By totally embarrassing forest griffin and stoping james irvine with strikes silva proves he can’t fight well at LHW (EXTREME SARCASM)

    • Lesnardo

      First, beating James Irwin does not mean that you can fight well at LHW.

      Beating Forrest Griffin the way Silva did does mean that you can fight well at LHW.

      However, the landscape has changed. Shogun embarrassed Forrest as well in Rio.

      Silva can hang with Shogun, Lyoto, Rashad, Hendo.

      I can’t hang with Jones.

  • MikeMc1983

    So silva offers to fight on 8 or less days notice. He needs it at light heavyweight so he doesn’t have to worry about the weight cut.
    He’s offering this to take a headline fight so you would have to assume he’d get a pretty tough guy.
    That’s pretty strong. You’ve got to love the arrogance and confidence of silva.
    This should end the silly comments about silva being “scared” and “just trying to protect his legacy.”
    At the same time he makes jones look a little worse for turning down the fight.
    Yes silva wouldn’t have his title on the line, but a loss would still hurt the way he’s viewed. Got to love it.

    • Triggerman99

      100% agree!!
      That BS has gone on for too long, and this only ptoves how ridiculous that idea is, and ever was in the first place.

      See Jones? THAT is what a company man does, and a man who actually cares about the fans and his fellow fighters.

    • Lesnardo

      This doesn’t end anything. You need to go back to school.

      You are a horrible writer and your reasoning is equally bad if not worse.

  • tmaisons

    Silva vs Evans for a new headliner would have been fun 🙂

  • MikeMc1983

    It would have been so much worse for jones look of silva had filled in. Wed have a whole event to talk about jones not fighting, but silva saving the card on less notice and without a camp at all.
    I think jones is happy that it didn’t happen. Or at least he should be.

    • Lesnardo

      You are dumb and a horrible writer.

      Your reasoning is that of a middle school dropout.

      Unless you are a foreigner, you need to consider going back to school.

  • na

    why not give Alexander Gustafsson a crack at the title! Vitor? really, f outta here!

  • muleyaddict

    Go to http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/nike-drop-jon-jones.html to sign a petition for Jon Jones to lose his Nike Sponsorship for refusing to fight Chael Sonnen and cancelling UFC 151.

  • MaritalArtist

    The best thing Weidman can do right now is probably to fight belcher. That would solidify a top #1 contender’s bout, but there are problems with that too. Sonnen is gone, and so is Belfort. GSP is delayed until at least Feb, and that’s a big IF, since Condit is no joke. The only other top ten “players” left are 1. Weidman, 2. Belcher, 3. Boetsch, 4. / 5. Bisping-Stann, 6. Franklin, 7. Wanderlei, #8 Rockhold, #9 Lombard and #10 Shields. Obviously, we are only discussing the top 5 “or so”. That means Weidman, Blecher, Boetsch, and Bisping-Stann. One thought that comes up is a 4-man tourney. But many think Weidman is good enough to get a shot now, so he’s sure as hell not fighting 2 more times before a title shot. If this means Weidman only has to fight once to get the title shot, then who should fight him? Belcher, Boetsch, or Bisping-Stann? I’m not saying I have the answer!! The answer could be as simple as “who is the best fighter per FightMatrix”, which is Boetsch, followed by (huh?) Shields. Just below Shields is Belcher. So maybe Boetsch since he’s still healing, then Belcher. Weidman vs Belcher for the title shot ASAP, and Boetsch vs Bisping-Stann for the 2nd title shot before the year is up, and GSP can cut in line if he wants to and he beats Carlos. Done. Maybe.

  • Mike_Oxafloppin

    So Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva offered their services for a Light Heavyweight fight? Anderson says he’ll fight anyone at 205 except Jones? Simple solution…Silva/Weidman at LHW instead of 185, if Weidman wins, set up the immediate rematch at MW and watch the cash come in. If Anderson wins, just proves Weidman is another one who talked and couldn’t back it up.