The twitterverse erupted last night. Rumors have been flying around that light heavyweight contender, former Pride FC and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson may be out of the championship fight against Jon "Bones" Jones at UFC 151 on September 1, 2012. With two weeks to go, this could completely destroy that card.
It all began with Kenny Florian tweeting:
Hearing that we may have some disappointed @ufc fans soon due to some unfortunate circumstances for an upcoming card. ????— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 23, 2012
Then a numerous tweets began to emerge firing up the rumerville that Dan Henderson may be out with a knee injury. But all seemed well when Dan Henderson himself tweeted that he just had a good workout with fellow teammates:
Oddly enough, one particular fighter in that tweet stated he had not seen Henderson since Saturday. Tarec Saffiedine tweeted "je ne sais pas, je ne l ai pas vu depuis mon combat, jespere que cest juste une rumeure! haven't seen him since my fight. Idk, hope its not true!!" (which happens to have been deleted).
Henderson's last tweet one hour after stating he had a good workout reads:
Headed to the house to get worked on by @msmariahv to finish of the day happy.— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) August 23, 2012
The clamor continues as UFC president Dana White has kept quiet. Numerous headlining fighters have been getting injured throughout the last two years. If this is the case with card coming up, it really gives the UFC a big conundrum to figure out. Many cards have been weakened by these injuries.
If the rumors are true and they decide to have a replacement fighter, there are only a few options. Lyoto Machida was already guaranteed a shot at the winner of Jones, Henderson. He knocked out Ryan Bader in the second round on the UFC on FOX 4 card. He came out unscathed. There is also Chael Sonnen. Although he lost his middleweight fight to Anderson Silva, he could probably increase ticket sales with the wise cracks he's been throwing at Jones. Otherwise, there aren't too many fighters who could probably make the weight with two weeks notice. Most fighters would want a full training camp against a monster like Jon "Bones" Jones.