Dan Henderson releases official statement - "I will continue to pursue the UFC belt with all of my heart"Posted on August 23, 2012, 05:10 PM by Anton Gurevich
"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!" - Facebook
MMA legend Dan "Hendo" Henderson was forced to pull out of UFC 151 main event bout due to a torn MCL ligament in his right knee. Hendo's Team Quest protege, Chael Sonnen, was offered to fight Jon Jones as a last minute replacement, but the reigning champ declined, by this triggering Dana White's decision to cancel the event.
Henderson mentioned in his the statement that he will not require a surgery, giving MMA fans around the world a glimpse of hope about the future encounter with Jon Jones. However, Henderson knows that he will have to prove a point inside the Octagon before re-claiming his shot at the title.