The UFC took the sports headlines today and it was for all the wrong reasons.
For the first time, an entire UFC pay-per-view card was scrapped due to the injury Dan Henderson sustained in training. While Hendo has battled injuries through much of the last five years, this was obviously something he could not fight with.
The rumors surrounding Henderson's injury started to swirl last night. I was glued to the twitter streams of our very own Jeremy Botter and Matt Roth as they started to hint that something may be very wrong with the UFC 151 main event.
As soon as 2:00 PM (EST) hit, the news came flying out of Dana White's mouth faster than one could say [insert whatever word you want here].
So, Henderson is out, Chael Sonnen was offered and accepted the fight against Jones and Jones said no. Now Dana White, as well as most of the MMA world, hates Jones and has painted him as somebody who is responsible for every missed opportunity for everyone involved with UFC 151.
Jon Jones did not take a fight against Chael Sonnen with eight days notice and it is his fault everyone on the undercard is no longer fighting. It is his fault that the employees who were going to be working at the venue are no longer going to be able to work. It is his fault people have to cancel their travel plans to attend the event. Hell, maybe it's also his fault that somebody keyed my car this morning.
Are the negative comments towards Jon Jones regarding UFC 151 justified?
I can see it both ways. I can see the animosity towards Jones, and I can also see why the UFC blaming him for everything surrounding the demise of UFC 151 is unfair. Don't call me FOX, but you can call me fair and balanced on this one.
What if Jon Jones was injured and Dana offered Henderson a fight against Sonnen? I'd have to believe, based upon the last six months, that Hendo would have declined the fight as well. Would Dana then have went on a tirade against Henderson? Would Henderson be chastised by fans and MMA media? Would anybody think Henderson was selfish?
No, I don't believe so. Partly due to the fact that Sonnen and Henderson both fight under Team Quest, but also due to the amount of respect White has for Henderson.
What if it wasn't Sonnen, but rather somebody like Chris Weidman? I believe Henderson would have still declined the fight and Dana would still not have had much of a problem with it.
While Jones is a champion, he is not respected nearly as much as Henderson is. If the roles were reversed and Jones was injured, I believe UFC 151 would have been rescheduled. It appears Dana had a fit of rage with the Jones/Greg Jackson camp and wanted to make an example out of both of them.
Either way, everyone loses.
Joe Chacon is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a staff writer for Operation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.