BY RIGHTS, WE should be here pondering Dan Henderson’s chances of snatching UFC gold off the formidable Jon Jones but instead we are scrambling to fill the void of the event that never was.
As UFC 151 is consigned to the record books with regret and disdain, there is a feeling of emptiness not dissimilar to that feeling on the day after the Premier League summer transfer window closes.
As the dust settles and the blame game and posturing finally begins to abate, it is clear to see that Dana White wants to move on from this whole mess as quickly as possible and has already begun to paper over the cracks.
One major factor from the event cancellation that was largely overlooked was the situation of all the other fighters due to fight on that card. The company has moved swiftly to reschedule, appeasing both the fans and fighters in the process.
Kyle Noke and Charlie Brenneman’s bout has been moved to UFC 152, while the rest of the bouts have been split between UFC on FX 5 and 6. Dan Miller and Sean Pierson’s fight has been called off due to personal reasons on Pierson’s part.
Erik Kock has inadvertently relieved some of the pressure as his injury has paved the way for Frankie Edgar to drop to featherweight to face Jose Aldo in a spectacular title matchup.
Having lost his belt and the re-match to Ben Henderson, Edgar will get another shot at championship glory in a lower weight division as he and Aldo will put to bed a lot of pound-for-pound ranking discussions at UFC 153 in October in Brazil.
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The news that Georges St. Pierre is back training for his upcoming match-up with Carlos Condit should also serve to help fans get over the loss of UFC 151 also.