An injured knee knocked Henderson out of a planned September 1 encounter with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.
The UFC eventually decided to cancel UFC 151 completely after Jones declined a fight with Chael Sonnen.
As for Henderson, he will have to wait a little while longer before competing for his first UFC title. Henderson earned his shot late in 2011 and has waited on the sidelines for an open date with Jones to become available.
After much of the smoke had cleared in regards to the UFC 151-Jones-Sonnen-Dana White fiasco, “Hendo” took to his Facebook page to explain what happened.
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.
Henderson had a few words for Jones through a press release by the UFC:
This is the first time that the champion wouldn’t step up and fight, and I was pretty shocked to hear that. It’s not like he’s injured. It’s unbelievable to me that he wouldn’t take that ‘the show must go on’ attitude.
White said during a conference call that Henderson’s title shot would be determined at a later date, as the UFC doesn’t want to clog the division like has happened in the past.
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