[UFC 151] A Letter from Hendo to the MMA Community
STUDIO MMA, VENICE, CA — Today, UFC President Dana White announced in a media press call that Dan Henderson has been forced to pull out of his light heavyweight title fight with Jon Jones, and that UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson has been cancelled. Jones will now face Lyoto Machida at the new UFC 151: Jones vs. Machida on September 22 in Toronto.
Dan Henderson just released a statement on ClinchGear.com, which reads as follows:
Sadly and unfortunately, I partially tore a ligament in my knee in training. As a result I’ve had to make one of the toughest decisions that I have ever had to make…for the first time in my career I am forced to pull out of a fight, my fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151. Luckily, surgery is not needed at this time and I will be completely devoted to rehabbing my knee as quickly as possible. I feel that I owe it to my fans and all the people supporting me to fight at my full potential in order to give myself a chance to win the UFC title. I appreciate the loyal support that I have felt from my fans. I want to thank all of my coaches and team of guys for the great support with my training camp. Most importantly, I appreciate their honesty when I needed them the most to make this very difficult decision. I also want to thank Dana and Lorenzo for being so understanding and supportive. I will continue to pursue the UFC belt with all of my heart!
Dan “Hendo” Henderson