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Dan Henderson reportedly injured his knee three weeks ago

A good deal of the blame surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151 has been heaped on the shoulders of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. However, as it turns out, injured opponent Dan Henderson may have played as much of a role in the matter as “Bones” based waiting to reveal the condition of his knee while holding out hope he would heal in time to step into the Octagon on September 1 as planned.

According to one of Henderson’s coaches, Daniel Woirin, the 42-year old legend suffered his MCL tear in early August rather than more recently.

“Dan Henderson got hurt three weeks ago during sparring when he went to defend a takedown and for a while he had to be away from training, for two to three weeks,” explained Woirin in an interview with Fighters Only Magazine. “It was very difficult for him to refuse the fight. All the team had to convince him not to do it.”

“We did a final sparring yesterday to evaluate his condition and he really didn’t have the chance to fight with Jones,” Woirin concluded.

Jones’ decision to turn down a last minute fight with Chael Sonnen had to do with the lack of time to focus fully on game-planning for a new opponent, though he clearly could have felt differently with a few more weeks to get ready for the rumble.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    It is very strange since Chael started his trash talk 3 weeks ago as well. Still you’d think they would (should) of given the UFC a heads up, just so they could plan.

    Also this is new 3 articles that have been talked about before they get posted. One by me, two by Faust.

  • elsicilian says:

    You guys are on the bleeding edge.

    But seriously, don’t guys get hurt in training camp all the time? Don’t guys actually fight hurt a lot of the time? Didn’t JDS knock out Cain with a torn meniscus?

    I realize it looks bad in retrospect, but a guy trying to gut out a training camp injury doesn’t seem like the craziest thing in the world of MMA.

  • Lord Faust says:

    The previous threads have some great posts from all viewpoints; I encourage folks to read the Machida, Jackson and cancellation threads.

  • Lord Faust says:

    It doesn’t seem crazy but the UFC was kept totally in the dark, that’s where I see the major faux pas.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    We do our best. Wish it was as simple as reporting every story the instant it broke.

  • elsicilian says:

    Again in retrospect, it probably would have been helpful for the UFC to know about this sooner than later. But what’s the standard protocol? That’s not a rhetorical question – I seriously have no clue. However, it seems like injuries in training camps would be top secret kind of stuff, and as I mentioned previously, even a severe injury wouldn’t necessarily be enough to make a guy quit the fight … so is it really that unusual for Henderson to keep it to himself until he was totally out of options?

  • darth_irritable says:

    Everyone fights injured. It’s a question of how severe. Doesn’t seem too on the nose for Hendo to train silently through it.

    You also don’t usually want word of an injury to get to your opponent – even if it leaks accidentally, because they’ll target it.

    If Hendo was legit training up until the weekend, it’s not unreasonable that he kept it quiet.

  • MCM says:

    If Dan had been training though out with the injury and it wasn’t until the other night that he and his team finally decided that he just couldn’t fight, then I think he did everything right and at the appropriate times. But…
    “Dan Henderson got hurt three weeks ago during sparring when he went to defend a takedown and for a while he had to be away from training, for two to three weeks,”
    …this makes it sound like Dan knew the injury was serious and he Hadn’t been training for several weeks. Once he had been out for a week, I think they should have alerted the UFC brass about the potential for not returning. Yes it gives his opponent an advantage, but it’s also the right thing to do as a headliner and employee as it would have given the UFC a chance to alter the card if need be.

  • darth_irritable says:

    Ahh – MCM – then you’re right.

    Dan’s one of my favorites, but that was a dick move.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Hendo gets the benefit of the doubt; Bones has tire marks on his mask.

    That’s the way it goes.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    …on his BACK!

    Stupid auto correct

  • elsicilian says:

    There is something intrinsically courageous about battling through an injury, and something intrinsically cowardly about refusing to take a fight. Whether or not it’s it’s a fair assessment, that’s the difference between the perception of Henderson’s position vs. Jones’ and that probably has a lot to do with who gets the benefit of the doubt and who does not.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Hendo got hurt and was, in the words of his trainer, away from training for 2-3 weeks. In the meantime his training partner started running his mouth about Jones, and by the time Hendo finally revealed his injury, leaving all other legitimate contenders to turn down the opportunity to jump in at the final hour, training partner Chael was ultimately tabbed as the replacement.

    Quite a courageous effort all around.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Last I heard, Sonnen and Henderson are both with Team Quest. So maybe it’s no coincidence that Sonnen started politicking to fight Jones before Henderson’s injury was disclosed. Did they keep White in the dark, leaving Jones to take the fall? Did White know and hope he could pressure Jones into taking the fight on short notice? This situation has a very bad smell.

  • Angry Mike says:

    And in the post about Jackson’s response to White’s criticism of Jones, Jackson pointed out that Sonnen was training with Henderson in preparation for the Jones fight. Sonnen absolutely knew about Henerson’s injury. Jones is being thrown under the bus by Henderson, Sonnen, and possibly White. What a crock of shit!

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Nah man, stick with the rhetoric… Jones’ fault.

  • Angry Mike says:

    It gets worse! In his interview with MMAJunkie, Jones said that most of coaches will be in the Phillipines cornering Andre Arlovski. So Jones would have to prepare on short notice without Winklejohn and Jackson! And he’s the bad guy? An even bigger crock of shit!

  • Lord Faust says:

    Heh, like I said, check out the other threads.

  • Lord Faust says:

    This whole thing reminds me of a saying an old boss had on a giant poster in his office.

    “Old age and treachery will always trump you and enthusiasm.”

    He also had a broadsword on the wall beside the poster. And he was a dick.

    (I still got my money though – fucker.)

  • Lord Faust says:

    For what it’s worth, there was rumour circulating prior to the injury withdrawl that Henderson had not be granted his TUE.

    I’m wondering exactly how many layers this situation has.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ohhh boy…this thing would not be complete without Kizer being involved in some capacity.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I feel like this is where Willem Dafoe is supposed to say “this is the kind of shit you see in a bad movie!”

  • climbarock says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this whole fiasco. I think almost everyone behaved reasonably, given the circumstances, Dana White and UFC being the exception. It’s their own fault for putting such a weak, un-sellable card together that cancellation was the only option when the main event fell through. Then DW goes and throws a fit during the press conference and throws his immensely talented young champ under the bus. I guess I’m just bummed that there’s no UFC next weekend.


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