After UFC 151 cancellation made official, Dan Henderson releases a statement on Facebook:
"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!"
MMAWeekly: You said you wanted to get back to the top of the middleweight division, and it would seem Dan Henderson would be great fight to put you there, given that Anderson Silva is fighting at light heavyweight in August and probably won’t be ready by early next year. How would you feel about facing Dan?
Cote: For sure. I respect Dan Henderson very much. I like his style; he’s a legend to me. If they gave me this fight, it would be a big honor for me. I think that could be a very, very good fight. We’ll be standing in front of each other and banging.
MMAWeekly: How would you approach that fight differently than Bisping? Henderson does have a great overhand right, but he also has top-notch wrestling, which you’ve struggled with in the past.
Cote: Maybe in the past, that was my weakness, but I think I showed in my fight with Ricardo Almeida that I’ve improved my wrestling. For sure, if I were to face Dan, I would do a lot of wrestling, but Dan Henderson’s a gamer, so I think he would want to fight with me on the feet and try to knock me out. I think he would want to be the first one to try and knock me out.
Fight of the Night — Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Knockout of the Night — Dan Henderson
Submission of the Night – Tom Lawlor
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