Who’s to blame for the UFC 151 Cancellation?

| August 30, 2012 | 9:01 am | 2 Replies

This upcoming holiday weekend MMA fans were supposed to be watching the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones take on the ageless wonder Dan Henderson in the UFC 151 main event. Instead MMA fans witnessed the shocking cancellation of the event after Dan Henderson became injured and Jon Jones declined a fight.

The turn of events that led to Dana White and the UFC cancelling the event have been written about at nausea across the internet. The UFC light heavyweight champion declined the fight with Chael Sonnen with less than two weeks before UFC 151 was set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada and the plug was pulled.

Over the last seven days the finger of blame has been pointed in nearly every direction. Dana White obviously pointed to the champion, as did many of the fighters who were once scheduled to fight on the UFC 151 card. Jon Jones decided to point at the injured Dan Henderson while the fans went after Jones but also didn’t let the UFC President off the hook either.

The three players in the “Blame” game are as follows, Jon Jones, Dana White and Dan Henderson.

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Dan Henderson

Let’s rule out Henderson right away because all he did was get injured, something that happens with great frequency and how soon Jon Jones forgets, is the way the champ got his title shot in the first place. The only thing that Henderson could be blamed for is the fact he waited too long before letting Dana White and the UFC know of the injury. Maybe if it was brought up right away something could have been figured out earlier and well, who knows.

Next up on the podium of blame is Mr. White, who is the man ultimately responsible for making the call on the event being cancelled. A UFC 151 card without Jones vs. Henderson as the main event wasn’t a stacked card but it wasn’t the worst PPC card the promotion has put together recently. The UFC has always prided themselves as having a deep roster and always being able to overcome things like late minute injuries and scratched fights. But when the champ said “NO” the show could have gone on bur instead they threw up their hands and White pulled the plug.

Last to face the jury is Jones, who has made it look easy inside the Octagon on his way to becoming the first dominate light heavyweight champion the UFC has seen since Chuck Liddell. The decision by Jones to turn down the fight with Sonnen, fully knowing the ramifications go against his dominates champion moniker though. A fighter that is considered to be one of the top pound for pound fighters in the game shouldn’t shy away from a fight against a fighter that is moving up in weight class and has only days to prepare, even if that fighter is Chael Sonnen. If you don’t think he’s worthy, prove it! If you think he’s talked his way into the fight and don’t like what he’s saying, shut him up!

There isn’t just one person at fault here and the level of blame each player will receive is depended on who you asking. If you’re asking me I’d put the percentage of blame as follows, 60% to Jones, 35% to White and just 5% of the blame to Henderson.

The cancelled UFC 151 will forever be the event that never happened and no matter whom you think is to blame, Jon Jones will be the one forever linked to this event in UFC history.

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  1. Ben B. says:

    In the future, please proofread your articles prior to posting them. It was a painful read. Thanks.

  2. Pouria says:

    It’s a complete cop-out for the UFC or Zuffa to blame anyone but themselves. With the acquisitions of WEC, Pride, IFL, Strikeforce, etc. etc. the UFC should have backups and backups for backups for backups ready in case someone gets injured, for Dana White to put the blame on UFC Lightweight champion Jon Jones is ridiculous, and somewhat cowardly, he’s the champ, fighting a middleweight (Sonnen)with nothing to lose makes ‘zero’ sense. Of course Sonnen is loud and boisterous, he has nothing to lose fighting Jones, he just got defeated by middle weight champ Silva, how does this fight make sense to us MMA fans? It just doesn’t, the fight was just put together in order to save the card, ultimately the UFC with now a deeper than ever roster of hungry fighters just waiting for their chance, is to blame. There’s no excuse, yes the UFC is now almost putting up 2 events every month, which some claim is too many, however they’re not including the depth of the UFC roster and the immense acquisitions of pride, WEC, and Strikeforce, with these fighters UFC matchmakers should have backups to backups, shame on you Mr. White for putting all the blame on one fighter instead of taking your part of the blame…

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