It has been a week since the cancellation heard ‘round the MMA world.

While the fate of Jon Jones and the light heavyweight championship bout took center stage, the champ and the title tilt were far from the only fighters and fights that felt the shockwave of UFC 151’s implosion. The entire lineup was left without a home. But now, a week later, much of the UFC 151 fallout has settled. The fights have new homes.

Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron, Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares, Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo and Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann have all headed to UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot.

Helping promote the Asian UFC fighters in Macau, China, Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. John Lineker and Takeya Mizugaki vs. Jeff Hougland are headed to UFC on Fuel: Le vs. Franklin.

The big marquee fight of Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort will help bring two title fights to Toronto when the UFC returns for UFC 152 later in September. Of course, a lot of buzz has surrounded the fight following Jones’ rejection of a bout with Chael Sonnen that could have saved the UFC 151 card.

Back a few years ago, this could have been cataclysmic for the UFC. But with the amount of fighters the promotion has these days, it is producing more cards, and in turn, that makes the cards more shallow and lacking in superstar draws.

Nowadays, such a crisis actually does end up benefiting the cards following UFC 151 with the big fights helping strengthen previously weak cards. It’s the silver lining on an otherwise dark cloud.

Now, FX will air a welterweight battle of Ellenberger and Hieron that will help draw fans in to a televised card along with a heavyweight battle of Travis Browne and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

On top of that, UFC 152 has become even more stacked with three quality fights. Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann helps bring in more fans, while having the inaugural flyweight championship fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson move to the co-main event slot bolsters a lineup that now includes a second title fight in the form of Jones vs. Belfort.

You can’t argue that the cancellation hasn’t helped strengthen these upcoming cards. The UFC’s fall and winter lineup has gotten a boost from the cancellation of the 11 fights from UFC 151. While most are preliminary fights at best, the additions to other cards help give more free fights to fans and in turn can help bring in more sales on pay-per-view.

While the fighters, the UFC and the fans who purchased and set up plans to see UFC 151 have the right to complain, anybody else who would have watched it from home should see more good than bad. We, as fans, will be treated to stronger events now and less of the thin cards we’ve seen thus far in 2012.

Photo: Vitor Belfort (Sherdog)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.