Jon Jones to now fight Vitor Belfort with Machida turning down the bout

by Ariel Helwani | source:

Jon Jones will not be facing Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 after all.

Instead, Vitor Belfort will fight Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title on Sept. 22 in Toronto. UFC president Dana White confirmed the change with late Thursday night.

According to White, Machida turned down the title shot on Thursday. Belfort volunteered to fight Jones on one month's notice and was granted the title shot by the promotion.

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sub67 site profile image  

8/25/12 6:22 PM by sub67

I've never wanted to see vitor smash the back of someone's head in more than I do now.

KissMisery site profile image  

8/24/12 8:58 PM by KissMisery

Just checked the bouts listed.Looks like an above average show.Would buy BUT should we? Should we as fans of the UFC "give" buys to Jones from now on?

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8/24/12 8:52 PM by KissMisery

Machida hurt Jones with a straight left.Vitor's power is greater than Machida's. The speed may be similar. The timing is not.The UFC brass is hoping Vitor is able to land something on Jones to crumble him. The only chance they have besides Anderson Silva and maybe Dan Henderson to take him out.May buy since there is a guaranteed finish in this one but will have to wait for the co main.

Thunderbolt89 site profile image  

8/24/12 8:14 PM by Thunderbolt89

This fight has KO of the night written all over.

Vancouver BJJ site profile image  

8/24/12 7:54 PM by Vancouver BJJ

War of the two most religious light heavyweights.

Bounty Hunter site profile image  

8/24/12 4:57 PM by Bounty Hunter

props to vitor for stepping up but i think Gustafsson deserves it more than vitor

MPA2000 site profile image  

8/24/12 11:47 AM by MPA2000

So what happens when Vitor breaks his hand again in training? Is Dana going to go on another tirade, because Jones won't take a short notice fight?

MPA2000 site profile image  

8/24/12 11:30 AM by MPA2000

Vitor? Really, Dana, Really? UFC 151 is officially scrapped, but the fighters all still get paid, if they aren't given a spot on 152, that is the commission's law.

MagSlim site profile image  

8/24/12 11:28 AM by MagSlim

Hope he chain punches Jones into Bolivian Wand style.war old phenom