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Tuesday, 08/28/2012, 11:50 am

Vitor Belfort Explains Decision To Take Jones Fight, Says Sonnen Undeserving | UFC NEWS


“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.

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28 Comments to Vitor Belfort Explains Decision To Take Jones Fight, Says Sonnen Undeserving | UFC NEWS

  1. Andersunsaliva says:

    I’m a Vitor fan but he also got blasted by Anderson Silva. Since then, he beat an out of shape guy ans an undersized fighter. Both haave been cut from UFC. Having said that, Vitor kick Jones ass!

  2. ya herd says:

    Vitor is good against B fighters he always flops when big names come into the picture! its going to be a boring fight jones will take him down and ground and pound

    • Brett says:

      What do you mean he beat couture, Wandy, a true heavyweight in gilbert yvel, and a guy who was atleast 20 pounds heavier! Your opinion is silly!

  3. Xaninho says:

    Hahaha last thing he smelled before going to sleep was Anderson’s foot. I don’t like him that much, he was annoying in TUF Brasil, but I dislike Jones more. So hopefully he’ll knock Jones out.

  4. T.DADDY says:

    Yeah you have history all right.. you fight 50 pds lighter now cuz you were Roided up all those early ufc years… Its young lion vs. Washed up one trick pony… Sonnen don’t deserve the shot?? What makes you think it should be given to you?? Cuz you fought in the LHW division before?? Fukk outta here wit that BS

    • Bob'O says:

      WTF bro? Other than losing to Anderson Silva, Vitor has not had a loss since 2006! And that was to Dan Henderson in Pride.

      (Shakes head) ~Bob’O

  5. Diaz bro says:

    I hope he fucks Jones up , but I doubt it, and Chael doesn’t deserve the shot based on his performance with Anderson, he is the last person who should say that shit, knocked the Fuck out by a front kick to the face , lol, I don’t think Chael deserves a title shot either, bit he offered to fight him on 8 days notice for free, with no camp, that is takes stones man.

  6. 757 says:

    He is going to knock Jones out. Weather he was roided up or not so was Sonnen. Vitor as well as the early guys had t fight who was there it’s not their fault. He will knock out Jones no doubt.

  7. reggie says:

    Vitor and JJ, that’ll be a good fight. I like both fighters though. JJ’s still young he’ll be around for a long time. That said, I’d love to see Vitor win. Either fighter’s worthy of the belt.

  8. Sam says:

    Belfort is not that great of a fighter most of his wins were just an intimidation factor, on that note jones out classes him. sonnen on the other hand would have eaten jon alive. jones was scared so he said no. man deserves NO respect.

    • FunkyMonkey says:

      Not that great? Intimidation wins? He’s convincingly beat legit UFC fighters wanderlei, Franklin, couture. Most of his losses were to badasses like hendo, overroids, Liddell. Plus the dude goes as far back as UFC 13 or somewhere near. He’s been around and paid his dues for years

  9. drew says:

    honestly i have been thinkn of ways vitor can win, and honestly if jones pushes him up againest the fence vitor should go with the grappling for a litle bit but if he can get leverage in that position and push jones out just enough vitors hands could go off in jones’s faces like bullets because if lyoto got caught comn in againest jones i really bet a guy with vitors body which carries a lot more muscle then lyoto could have enough burst to get to jones while they are standing…jones reach is the game changer bottom line so if vitor can bring him in somehow it could be nighty night real quick

    • 9lives304 says:

      Thank you Drew! Finally somebody else other than myself who posts strategy talk and know what the fuck they’re talking about when it comes to MMA fights, not just pickin fights on a popularity contest or this person’s riding so-and-so’s nuts or some stupid ass high school shit……KUDOS to u sir

  10. Nuny says:

    All you Jones haters eat a dick! its not his fault Hendo got injured. He kicked everybody’s ass except for Hendo. You got Dana White talkin shit but he hasnt said shit about Anderson Silva not wanting to fight, or Machida, or that Hendo’s injury fucked the event up. Then offering a big mouth loser a shot, give me a fuckin break, that shit is retarded. Then to give Belfort a shot to have Jones on the next event is fuckin stupid as well.

  11. sick of jones cocksuckers says:

    oh look nuny managed to type that hole msg wiv jones **** in his mouth

  12. the original steve says:

    nothing against belfort. but he wasn’t worthy of a title shot either. maybe slightly more than chael. cuz he beat a guy who is 1-4 in the ufc(and in my opinion lost to belcher to make it 0-5) and some roid monkey. after getting beat by silva

  13. 757 says:

    So don’t just say that Belfort shouldn’t be fighting say who you think should. whatever you do please don’t say sonnen. He lost twice to silva and beat up Bisping who has a glass jaw really . Bisping gntfo by Hendo, actually gntfo by Wandy at the very end of the fight check the tape out and lucked out past Rashad, and Hamil so no big accomplishments. So who is your pick for Jones opponent.

  14. Nelsonx says:

    Come on guys vitor is not going to beat jones
    Jones is going to taste vitor power then take him down and elbow the fuck out of him!!!!!

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