Thiago Tavares (17-4-1) was as shocked as everyone else that UFC 151 was cancelled and first heard of the news through Twitter. He was slated to fight Dennis Hallman (51-12-2-1 NC) on the card.
“I read it on Paula [Sack’s] Twitter and I thought ‘no, it can’t be true,’” Tavares told TATAME. “Later I got an e-mail from the UFC telling me it was cancelled. They haven’t said anything else yet. I called my manager Alex Davis and he said we’ll be hearing from them soon.”
The fight went from the main card of UFC 151 to the preliminary of UFC on FX, set for October 5.
“I’m well trained and I’ve never felt so great in my entire career,” Tavares. “I’ve evolved a lot technical and physically. I’m the best fighter I’ve ever been. Wherever they put me it’s the same.”
Tavares believes that Jon Jones (16-1) shouldn’t have been allowed to deny the proposed fight with Chael Sonnen (27-12-1).
“From the moment you are the holder of a UFC title you’re the best fighter in the world and you ought to accept whoever the UFC tells you to fight,” said Tavares. “I don’t think a champion can deny a fight […] Not because other fighters depended on him, but I guess the title holder finger opponents is just wrong.”