Following the cancellation of UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson due to a Dan Henderson injury, UFC president Dana White initially declared that the Sept. 22 event in Toronto, UFC 152, would shift gears and become UFC 151.
Given a short time to reflect and likely talk it over, the UFC quickly reversed course and tweeted, “Update: UFC 152 on September 22 will remain named UFC 152. UFC 151 will simply not happen.”
Fans who purchased tickets to UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson can get a refund for their tickets at the original point of purchase, according to UFC officials.
UFC 151 came crumbling down when main event fighter Dan Henderson had to withdraw due to a knee injury. The UFC tried to put another fighter in his place, but several turned it down for one reason or another.
The one man that did not turn down the fight was Chael Sonnen. He readily accepted, according to White, but the champ and his camp wouldn’t take it. Jon Jones, after discussions with his coaches and management, decided that they did not want to take on a new opponent on such short notice.
Without any start power to drive a pay-per-view card of such magnitude, UFC officials decided that the only route to go was the unprecedented move of cancelling the event altogether.
Jones has agreed to face Lyoto Machida on Sept. 22 in Toronto, so the event will be redubbed UFC 152: Jones vs. Machida 2, but the numbering will not change.
So with that UFC 151 gets lost somewhere in the ether, having never taken place.