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Three weeks

That’s how long ago Dan Henderson was injured, according to Hendo’s muay thai coach Daniel Woirin:

“Dan Henderson got hurt three weeks ago during sparring when he went to defend a takedown and for a while he has to be away from training, for two to three weeks. It was very difficult for him to refuse the fight. All the team had to convince him not to do it,” Woirin says.

“We did a final sparring yesterday to evaluate his condition and he really didn’t have the chance to fight with Jones. It is so depressing for everybody. Many things are involved in a high-level fight like this one, but unfortunately, this happened.

“His fight has been called off and when he bounces back, he will be able to dispute the belt.”

So Dan kept the knee injury a secret from the UFC for three weeks while he tried to heal it up enough to fight. Sure, it’s WARRIOR but it’s also a big part of why we’re sitting here now with no Labor Day weekend fight. I can’t blame Henderson for worrying about leaks, but there’s certainly some blame for waiting until this late in the game before deciding to pull out. With so much anger and blame going around right now, why not a little for Dan too?

Still no word on whether it was Sokoudjou who mauled him, but given Sok’s Palhares-level reputation for destroying knees I’m just going to go ahead and throw some blame his way too.

  • glassjawsh

    i know there is evidence to the contrary, but it seems AWWWFUL suspicious that chael sonnen starting a twitter beef with JBJ right around the time hendo first got hurt.

    even if he’d never admit to it, methinks he had some insider information (they DID used to be teammates and are supposedly still close)

  • G Funk

    Yeah but who cares?! JJ is such a leaky, hairy, stinky puss puss!

  • http://www.mattpolly.com matthewpolly

    I do know for a fact that fight camps leak like a sieve. Sparring partners, trainers, nutritionists, physical therapists, the other random guys training at the gym at the same time–they all are a bunch of gossipy-bitches. No way nobody outside Hendo’s camp didn’t hear a rumor of his injury.

    That said, I was at Xtreme Couture 3 years ago with a bunch of random guys watching Hendo spar to prep for Bisbing (about 10 days out) and he looked so terrible we all thought he was injured. And we all bet money against him. Ha!

    Like Couture, Hendo has the old wrestler rep for looking banged-up and terrible in practice and then being a monster in the cage. So I could see how the UFC might not have known or have dismissed any rumors. But the timing for Chael’s Twitter assault on Jones looks awfully suspect (nod to glassjaw) in hindsight. As a friend of Hendo’s it would have been highly disrespectful for Chael to call out Jones before their fight as if Hendo didn’t have a chance and even the possibility of victory could be dismissed.

  • iamphoenix

    I thought honda housey injured her spinal fracture? Or did she hurt that and her knee? I think the bigger news is that honda is in the UFC and was scheduled to fight that black guy every agrees to hate(and not feel bad about it)

  • http://www.mattpolly.com matthewpolly

    Now that I’m on this conspiracy theory, maybe we’ve got the timeline wrong. Maybe Hendo didn’t keep this a secret from the UFC. The company has 250 employees who have worked with everyone in the sport. People leak to them all the time to curry favor. Maybe they hear about the injury but Hendo says, “I’ve been hurt before. It isn’t so bad. Let’s see if it gets better.” It doesn’t get better, but Hendo’s stubborn and doesn’t want to pull out. A mutual friend tells Chael that Hendo’s hurt and might have no choice but the decision isn’t final yet. Chael starts his Twitter beef with Jones. Jones hears about what’s up but doesn’t want to tell the UFC directly he doesn’t want to do it when it’s still only a possibility. So he half-heartedly engages Chael in the Twitter beef (calling him a bully) but also gives an interview saying he won’t let Chael “talk his way into a fight.” Jones thinks that he’s being pretty clear. The UFC has never had a champion turn down a last minute fight, so feels secure that if Hendo can’t do it, Jones will still have to say yes. Hendo is getting worse not better but still wants to fight. His team holds an intervention and forces him to make the call to Dana. Dana flies him out to see the UFC doctor, who says he shouldn’t do it. UFC calls Chael to tell him that the rumors are right: It’s game time. He’s mentally been preparing for this for two weeks, so he’s a go. Dana calls Jones, who he assumes has already more or less agreed to this by talking trash about Chael. Jones never really wanted to fight Chael. He calls Jackson who agrees it’s a bad idea. He tells Dana no. Dana is furious and tells him if he doesn’t do it the card will be cancelled. Jones feels like he already made it clear before and is pissed, feeling blackmailed. Dana being Dana leaves out the behind the scenes back and forth that would muddy his case, and says all this happened at the last minute and nobody knew Hendo might have to pull out.

    How’s that sound?

  • iamphoenix

    It sounds like Honda Housey’s fault.

  • glassjawsh

    polly, im stealing that line of logic and giving you no credit

    not really, but i agree

  • G Funk

    polly rant! (didn’t read)

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