Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort Confirmed For UFC 152 After Machida Turns Down UFC 152 Bout | UFC News

August 23, 2012 11:41 pm by Jamie McAllister

By Jamie McAllister
After UFC President Dana White announced that UFC 151 was off due to an injury to the challenger Dan Henderson. He then went on to reveal that the UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones turned down a bout with Chael Sonnen. In the media call White confirmed the facts slamming the young champion and his coach in the process.

It was also confirmed that Lyoto Machida would face Jones at UFC 152 however ‘The Dragon’  turned down the bout. The man who has agreed to step up and face the champion at UFC 152 is former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort.

The news was confirmed by MMAFighting as well as ‘The Phenom’ himself via his Official Twitter Account. Belfort Tweeted the following messages after he received the news.

“I just finish the call with my boss @lorenzofertitta and @danawhite I want to thank booth for put me in where a lot of guys are acting like divas I think this is a big challenge for any fighter that is alive on the game I thank God to provide me with this Blessing 2 fight the youngest champion we will face each other I have all the respect for jones thats why u can`t miss this competition a vintage and hy-tech fight Glory to Jesus also happy for all the fans I will not let no one down I come from the times of #carlsongracie He live inside of me I learn so much thing with him and #alstankie”

“I will fight jones I want to thank he`s camping and him to accept this big challenge for me I am so happy to deliver a big show for the whole world.”

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