“When I heard the show was going to get canceled, I offered myself. I said ‘Lorenzo, you know me, I come from the old school, if you need me to save the show to fight Jones … if somebody got hurt, if you need me, just let me know… “I have a lot of respect for Jon Jones. I’m very grateful for opportunity. Stepping into this fight, its old lion vs. young lion, so it’s pretty cool… I know Jon Jones and his camp has his [reasons], they know what is best from them, I’m not going to take any position on that. He’s a grown-up boy, he has his crew, his manager, they made their choice, that’s the choice that’s best for them. If he didn’t make that choice, I wouldn’t have the chance, so I’m very happy he didn’t take the [Sonnen] fight. I think [Chael Sonnen] didn’t deserve [a shot at Jones because of] the loss [to Anderson Silva], the way he lost. I think someone deserves it, but [Sonnen] doesn’t have a history in that weight division in the UFC. I have history in that division, I have history at the heavyweight division, I have history at the middleweight division, I think it’s fair, they way it end up. I think the fans are getting something that’s fair. I think, basically, what I think is right, what I think is wrong, I can only speak for myself.”
Vitor Belfort tells mmafighting.com’s “The MMA Hour” his reasoning behind taking the Jones fight at UFC 152.