In the wake of the maelstrom of news set off by Dan Henderson’s injury and the cancellation of the card after light heavyweight champion Jon Jones declined to accept a replacement bout, Henderson has released a statement regarding the incident. Henderson suffered a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) and had been attempting to push through the injury prior to today’s announcement. This will mark the first time the UFC fighter has had to pull out of a fight due to injury in his storied career.
Henderson’s statement via Facebook:
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 rehabing 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!
Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy for more on the developing fallout from today’s news.