Weidman volunteered to fight Jones at UFC 151
UFC 151 is the answer to what is sure to be an MMA trivia question: which was the only UFC PPV to ever be cancelled? UFC 151 was planned for September 1st, 2012 and featured a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Dan Henderson. However, eight days prior to the event, Dan Henderson withdrew from an injury and with no suitable replacement, the event was cancelled. Middleweight number one contender Chris Weidman, however did his best to save the event, volunteering himself to fight Jones:
I’m the type of guy that loves big opportunities. I like when the cards are against me, and people think that I have no chance. I believe in myself, so when that fight came out that it was in jeopardy, I called my manager and asked if there was a possibility that I could get the fight because I think I could take it. He was like, ‘Really?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He said give me a couple days, and I told him I was ready to go.
So, he called Joe Silva, and he was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I think Joe liked the fact that I did that. So he said he wasn’t going to tell Dana and them unless I called my coaches to make sure it was all 100%. I called Matt and told him that I wanted to this. They were all on board, so I called back my manager, and he tells Joe Silva, and he thought it was awesome, so he called Dana White, but then they ended up throwing the fight out, and then the whole card out. I was all ready to go [laughs]. I ran straight to the gym and started working out.