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Say it Ain’t So: Circulating Rumors Claim Dan Henderson Out of UFC 151 With Knee Injury [UPDATED]

(You see this move, right here? PUSSY MAGNET.) 

There’s been a lot of talk regarding Jon Jones, Dan Henderson, and GOATS around here lately, but if any of the rumors circulating Twitter right now have any truth to them, we might just have to put that discussion on hold for a while. And although tweets from random sources don’t constitute truth, the sheer volume of them that have been sent out claiming that Henderson has suffered a knee injury in training are making us feel sick to our stomachs nonetheless. Take a look for yourselves:

Kenny Florian ?@kennyflorian
Hearing that we may have some disappointed @UFC fans soon due to some unfortunate circumstances for an upcoming card

Luke Thomas ?@SBNLukeThomas
@KCBanditMMA @jamiekilstein if what I’m hearing is correct, it’s so much worse than what is even being rumored on Twitter.

 Luke Thomas ?@SBNLukeThomas
@Jdiddy381 @KCBanditMMA @jamiekilstein again, I’m not talking about Hendo’s health when I say the matter is ‘worse’. Relax, people.

Jeremy Botter ?@jeremybotter
If what I’m hearing is correct, UFC 151 may be in desperate need of a main event. And that sucks.

Matt Lindland ?@mattlindland
Rumor? @MattHawryluk94: @tarecfighter rumor is Hendo is out with a knee injury, please tell me it is not true!

FrontRowBrian FrontRowBrian ?@FrontRowBrian
Rumor going around Hendo was injured by Thierry Sokoudjou at some point in this camp. Appears he’ll press on.. if he has to crawl to cage. 
Someone described the brace Hendo is wearing as a “Stone Cold Steve Austin brace”.

Again, we’re not writing this without first understanding the power of rumor, but considering some of the sources (Kenny Florian, Luke Thomas), we might be looking at either a severely hampered Hendo come next Saturday, or no Hendo at all. And who do you think the UFC would replace him with on such short notice? Surely not this guy, right? Or are all the pieces of our conspiracy puzzle falling into place exactly according to plan? MWAHAHAHAHA!!

Of course, according to Hendo’s latest tweets, everything seems to be running smoothly…

Dan Henderson ?@danhendo
Just got done with a great training session with the boys. @CyrilleDiabate @tarecfighter @heathlsims @RFBJJ @rockholdMMA

Dan Henderson ?@danhendo
Headed to the house to get worked on by @msmariahv to finish of the day happy.

It should be known that @msmariahv is a “massage therapist for extreme sports athletes.” We’re not sure how a Hendo handjo is going to be a cure-all for a busted knee if that is truly the case, but then again, Henderson is basically as tough as all of our dads put together, so if all he needs is a happy ending to compete, someone better make that shit happen.

Ariel Helwani, on the other hand, possesses a level of Twitter trend awareness that is simply unmatched by his counterparts:

Ariel Helwani ?@arielhelwani
Every person attached to that Hendo tweet promptly retweeted it in some form moments later. Impressive.

Impressive indeed. Could this be a last ditch effort by Hendo’s camp to dispel the rumor before it gains too much steam? If so, they have clearly failed, as every MMA site imaginable has already posted something regarding this rumor by now. But like we said, they are simply rumors, and we will keep you informed as the story develops.

[UPDATE] 1 p.m. EST

Well, this isn’t looking good. According to Ariel Helwani (via Twitter, of course) Dana White is holding a conference call at 2 p.m. EST “regarding the fate of UFC 151.” 

-J. Jones

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J.Jones- August 23, 2012 at 11:34 am
Wow, Dana is absolutely SHREDDING JBJ right now. We'll have the story up in a minute once all is settled.
Maine Blazer- August 23, 2012 at 11:28 am
Jon "Bitch" Jones should be stripped of his title. Please CP make a pledge to no longer refer to Jones as a "champion"
angry little feet- August 23, 2012 at 11:26 am
Just Duck It
Viva Hate- August 23, 2012 at 11:24 am
DW: "Do you want to be a fucking fighter!?"
Bones: "Ya, but next weekend won't work, how about a quiet weekend in October? Does that work? Oh and I won't fight that guy or that guy or that guy oh but I will figt anyone I have beat already!"
Chonde- August 23, 2012 at 11:16 am
Someone is afraid Sonnen will expose him!
Sloppyspray- August 23, 2012 at 11:16 am
Time to rewrite the article from earlier? haha
ksgbobo- August 23, 2012 at 11:12 am
As the champ and one of the best pound for pound fighters, why would you turn down a fight?!
Sloppyspray- August 23, 2012 at 11:07 am
@ algier - machida is replacing hendo as per the call.


Haha Dana is ripping Greg Jackson
algiersheadkick504- August 23, 2012 at 11:05 am
hahahahahaha watch machida replace hendo
RearNakedSpoon- August 23, 2012 at 11:04 am
Jon Jones you absolutely suck.
Sloppyspray- August 23, 2012 at 11:04 am
o geez. this call is crazy.
angry little feet- August 23, 2012 at 11:03 am
So it's really for real canceled??? Holy Shit!
Chonde- August 23, 2012 at 10:49 am
Sonnen is talking on Twitter!!! Sonnen by decision!
DanFitPro- August 23, 2012 at 10:27 am
Thank god the rest of the card is stacked! HA HA HA HA HA oh wait....
jayflo0808- August 23, 2012 at 10:21 am
Jon Jones is ducking hendo! Fake ass! Ect. Ect
Sloppyspray- August 23, 2012 at 10:15 am
It was also a fail that Hendo put in @tarecfighter as someone he was training with. And then Tarec went on and said that he hasn't seen Hendo in awhile, since his last fight...
The12ozCurls- August 23, 2012 at 10:15 am
You heard it here first.
RearNakedSpoon- August 23, 2012 at 10:12 am
Bollocks. I'm going to stick my fingers in my ears and sing until this goes away.
Viva Hate- August 23, 2012 at 10:03 am
2:00 Press conference hosted by DW to make a major announcement regarding UFC 151 according to the Junkie. Looks like it is true.
ReX13- August 23, 2012 at 10:32 am
i'm so sorry, Viva. My thoughts are with you.
Viva Hate- August 23, 2012 at 10:37 am
Thank you kind sir.
angry little feet- August 23, 2012 at 10:36 am
Remember when that homeless gypsy brushed up against him and whispered "plague of injuries"?
Viva Hate- August 23, 2012 at 10:52 am
Oh I thought that homeless guy was referencing his other issues
The12ozCurls- August 23, 2012 at 10:00 am
Fuck this.
I am taking my ball and going home if this is true.
angry little feet- August 23, 2012 at 9:56 am
If it's true and they need to replace Hendo at this late date - you can bet whoever steps in will be asking for Anderson Silva Money.
Grandmas Nutmeg- August 23, 2012 at 9:48 am
Chael Sonnen wins LHW belt via KO, round 4. Calling it now.
Fried Taco- August 23, 2012 at 9:16 am
I heard he had to have his leg amputated right about the knee. But he is still going to kick JJ's ass!