With Cancellation, UFC 152 Becomes UFC 151; Jones vs. Machida Headlines

August 23, 2012
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With the cancellation of the UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson event due to Dan Henderson suffering a knee injury in training, there’s been a reshuffling and renumbering of UFC 152.

Jon Jones now faces Lyoto Machicha in the main event on Sept. 22 in Toronto in a rematch.

“This fight (Jones vs. Henderson) is canceled and we’re moving; it will be Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida on Saturday, Sept. 22 on the Toronto, Canada, card at UFC 152,” UFC president Dana White announced via conference call on Thursday.

“Jones is in shape and ready to go.  Machida is next in line.  Dan’s hurt, so that’s the fight that’s going to happen,” said White.

White confirmed that UFC 152 will be renamed UFC 151.

“It will be 151,” he said.

UFC 152 was originally scheduled to feature the first UFC flyweight title bout between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrius Johnson as the headliner.  The flyweight title fight remains on the card, but will be pushed to the co-main event.  The event is now named UFC 151: Jones vs. Machida 2.

“Everyone knows we had a great fight (Rory McDonald vs. BJ Penn) fall off of that card.  We moved it to Fox.  We’ve been waiting to add another fight to that card.  Well, there you go,” said White about putting Jones vs. Machida on the Toronto card.

Although Jones was recently convicted of DWI in New York, UFC sources indicated that it shouldn’t affect his ability to gain entry into Canada for the fight in Toronto.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more information about the UFC 151 cancellation and other UFC news.

  • kylesmith

    Chuck Liddell’s balls are twice the size of Jon Jones’ ovaries.

  • zacharydetal

    Why? because he’s facing a more dangerous oppenent in Machida compared to Henderson or Sonnen.

    • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

      Machida is safer because Jackson already had time to come up with a gameplan for Machida. It’s a rematch. No plan exists for Sonnen and without one apparently Jones is as helpless as a little girl.

  • bajafox

    Nice, that’s a $100 extra in my pocket. Already saved $50 next week and another $50 from not wasting any of my money on this “Company Man”

  • marsbar

    Jones is a lurp. He didn’t want to take the Sonnen fight because 8 days wasn’t long enough for him to study and jerk off to all Sonnen’s past fight film!

  • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

    What’s the big deal about Chael hyping up a fight and stepping up?? It’s his job and his passion. The guy brings the fight every time. Should he shut his mouth and not offer to step up for an injured Henderson? The guys a true fighter, big deal he got beat by Silva and submitted by a bunch of high level BJJ fighters. It happens. And much respect to Machida stepping in last minute. Who cares about Jones being cocky or disrespectful at this point; he has to defend that title to whoever Dana sees fit to step in. Silva didn’t complain about fighting Franklin the second time. Franklin earned his shot and so did Machida. No argument.

  • Michael

    Garbage not paying for this trash torrent city

  • 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.