With UFC 151 main eventer Dan Henderson injured, UFC president Dana White on Thursday made the announcement that he’s never had to make before: he cancelled the UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson event slated for Saturday, Sept. 1, in Las Vegas, just one week prior to showtime.
“One of the things you guys have heard me brag about a million times is how UFC doesn’t have to cancel events, we can always find a replacement,” explained on obviously dispirited White. “For somebody to fight Jon Jones on eight days notice is tough to do. To be totally honest with you guys, one guy did. Not only when I called him did he say, ‘I’ll take the fight. I’ll fly to Las Vegas tonight and fight him.’ And that 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.
“I was gonna do this call, and this was obviously going to be a much different call this morning, but 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.'”
The brash UFC president didn’t stop there as he fielded questions from the media about this unprecedented turn of events in UFC history. Check out the full audio of the UFC 151 cancellation announcement below…