If ever there were a day on the calendar every year where the phrase, “Don’t believe everything you read online” was more applicable, April Fool’s Day would have to be that day.

It began on Saturday when the UFC Fight Pass Twitter account posted the following message:

(By the way, bonus points to the account for using the GIF of Chris Farley from the iconic Schmitt’s Gay commercial parody from Saturday Night Live. That sketch is hilarious beyond words.)

The prospect of unearthed footage being released to the public on any day of the year would bring excitement to just about anyone.

Throughout the weekend, people replied to the above message wondering what it was, especially considering that all UFC footage is accessible for streaming on either ESPN+ or Fight Pass already.

No other clues were given via the UFC Fight Pass Twitter account over the weekend as to what the footage might be, save for this message:

So, the weekend came and went. With the passage of time, the suspense grew.

By Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, the footage was identified with the following tweet on the UFC Fight Pass official Twitter page:

Gotcha! APRIL FOOLS!

This is where the prank comes into focus.

As mixed martial arts fans might already know, UFC 151 was scheduled to have taken place on Sept. 1, 2012 in Las Vegas on pay-per-view, with the advertised main event being a UFC Light Heavyweight title match between Jon Jones and Dan Henderson.

In the days leading up to the scheduled card, Henderson suffered a ruptured MCL. Due to this, the pairing was called off as was the entire event.

All other fights that would have occurred during the UFC 151 card were rebooked for then-future UFC events.

The Jones vs. Henderson fight wound up never happening, with Henderson permanently retiring from MMA as a contender in the aftermath of the UFC 204 main event Middleweight title match against Michael Bisping.

An hour after the tweet was made on the Fight Pass Twitter, the account made the following announcement regarding an actual upcoming event streaming on the platform:

All in all, this was a brilliant setup by the UFC Fight Pass Twitter account.

This is, quite easily, the best April Fool’s Twitter prank I’ve seen since the 2015 tweet by the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts.

That year, it was announced that the Argos would be playing the NFL’s Buffalo Bills in an exhibition game in Orchard Park.

The game, which would have fluctuated between American and Canadian rules, was revealed to be a gag for the holiday later that day.

Here’s hoping you had a great April Fool’s Day!

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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Content Creator at Armchair MMA , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC.
My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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