151, some fights from the card are now being moved elsewhere. The planned co-main event for UFC 151, a fight between Jay Hieron (23-5, MMA; 0-2, UFC) and Jake Ellenberger (27-6, MMA; 6-2, UFC), is now being moved to UFC on FX 5.
UFC on FX 5 is currently set for October 5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. The fight is a rematch from IFL in 2006 when Hieron defeated Ellenberger by decision. Here is the current rundown for UFC on FX 5:
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
John Dodson vs. Jussier Formiga
Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione
Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards
Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado*
Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater
Phil Harris vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Diego Nunes vs. Bart Palaszewski
-- The original planned welterweight fight between Charlie Brenneman (15-4, MMA; 4-3, UFC) and Kyle Noke (19-6-1, MMA; 3-2, UFC) for UFC 151 is now being moved to UFC 152 in Toronto due to the cancellation of UFC 151.
In addition, the planned middleweight bout between Dan Miller (14-6, MMA; 6-5, UFC) and Sean Pierson (12-6, MMA; 2-2, UFC) is also off as Miller has an injury and can't make the fight. The UFC is now looking for a new opponent for Pierson.
Here is the current lineup for UFC 152 set to go down September 22 in Toronto:
Champ Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida - for light-heavyweight title
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson - for inaugural flyweight title
Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Evan Dunham vs. T.J. Grant
Matt Hamill vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac
Sean Pierson vs. TBA
Marcus Brimage vs. Jim Hettes
Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson
-- MMAjunkie.com recently spoke with Chael Sonnen's manager of MMA Inc. to talk about Sonnen's accepting a potential fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151 on extremely short notice.
On how the offer went down: "He was willing to step up. The way it all went down is, Dana called, we talked about it, Chael and I talked for five minutes after the phone call and talked about the fight. We both agreed on one thing – this is bigger than Jon Jones. This is about the UFC, the fans, the people that work hard. This goes all the way to the people at Mandalay Bay. And especially the other fighters that trained their butt off – they're losing their paydays. Chael just figured, 'I stay in pretty good shape, I'm here for these people – we're a tight-knit community in the MMA world, let's do it.' We agreed and said, 'Let's make it happen,' and Chael's pretty disappointed that it didn't happen."
On Sonnen putting aside the negatives to accepting the fight: "There's a huge negative to it, and that's obviously that he was only going to have a week to train for the fight," Roberts said. "But it gets back to what I'm saying – this is much bigger than that. You overlook all of that because the UFC, the fans, everyone needed him there. … Of course we thought about (the possibility of losing). But again, this is much bigger than just about Chael. Sometimes in life, things happen that are bigger than what's best for you. It's about what's best for everybody. That's the way we felt about it. It was a huge risk for Chael, and not a very big upside. But he wanted to do it. We wanted to be there for everybody, because that's what everybody should do."
His thoughts on Jones' management and team's decision on refusing the fight: "I wouldn't even speculate on their camp with his management. I would venture to say his management has as much say in it as his trainers. I have no idea. They obviously have their reasons. I can put myself in their head and I can certainly understand. But our situation was far more dire. Jon's been training for a fight and Chael hasn't. Chael stays in shape, but not fight shape. He had a week to get prepared mentally and physically, and he would've went in there and gave it everything he got and made it an interesting fight. The deck was stacked way further against Chael than it was against Jones."
--The site also spoke with Chael Sonnen earlier regarding the cancellation of UFC 151 and Jon Jones:
On the call and offer to fight Jon Jones at UFC 151: "All I ever heard was a flat-out offer. It was, 'Hey, do you want to fight Jon Jones next Saturday night?' I said yes, and that was it. We got off the phone. I was just waiting on the contract at that point."
His thoughts on Jones turning the fight down: "I didn't know that was an option. I've never heard of such a thing. I follow boxing real close and MMA and the whole bit, and I can't ever remember hearing of a thing like this where a champion is healthy and in shape and is headlining a card, and he won't take the fight. ...It's a unique situation. I'm not saying that Jon Jones is chicken cordon bleu, and I'm not saying that he's chicken salad. What I'm saying is he is chicken shhhh ... should I finish the sentence? Listen, I don't know Jon Jones and I won't try to guess. That's not my type of guy. I wasn't brought up that way. Those aren't the guys that helped me. I had Matt Lindland and Dan Henderson and Randy Couture. Not only physically did they show me the holds that I know how to use, but mentally, it's anybody, anytime, anywhere. Some guys love to put that on t-shirts and walk around like tough guys, but some of us actually live by that rule. It's a real important rule for me, because if there's one thing I hate it's a bully."
Sonnen's thoughts on fighting anyone: "It's very important to me that I'm not a bully, and the only litmus test I have for that is that I will fight any man there is," Sonnen said. "The day that changes, the day there's one single guy that I won't fight, then I won't fight any of them. I will never pick or say, 'Oh, I'll fight this guy because I think I can beat... (Continues on next page)