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Old 08-24-2012, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Jon Jones to face Vitor Belfort on Sept 22

What the ****? Another strange turn of events!

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Aug 24, 2012 - 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 MMAFighting.com 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.
Belfort was originally scheduled to face Alan Belcher at UFC 153 in October. White said he hasn't decided who will fight Belcher instead.

White added since Machida turned down the title shot, he will most likely have to fight another top contender before he gets an opportunity to fight for the title again.
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I wonder if Alexander Gustafsson or Phil Davis were offered?

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Old 08-24-2012, 01:30 AM   #2
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:36 AM   #3
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WTF?!!!? Belfort should just go ape shit early.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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Davis should've got the shot IMO. He's not injured, nothing exciting up except PRado rematch and only loss to Evans....admittedly in dominant fashion.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:53 AM   #5
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This fight is a joke. Easy win for Jones. Can't believe Machida turned this fight down . Way worse than Jones turning the Sonnen fight down IMO.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:03 AM   #6
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This fight is a joke. Easy win for Jones. Can't believe Machida turned this fight down . Way worse than Jones turning the Sonnen fight down IMO.
To be fair, he has already fought Jones once on short notice, and I'm sure he simply wants to put in a full camp before giving it another shot.
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This fight is a joke. Easy win for Jones. Can't believe Machida turned this fight down . Way worse than Jones turning the Sonnen fight down IMO.
Jones was turning down a smaller guy coming off a loss who has nothing to offer him stylistically. Machida is turning down the champion, a bigger guy who has already wasted him.

You're a spastic.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:18 AM   #8
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This fight is a lot more interesting than a Machida rematch.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:21 AM   #9
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Jones was turning down a smaller guy coming off a loss who has nothing to offer him stylistically. Machida is turning down the champion, a bigger guy who has already wasted him.

You're a spastic.


Two middleweights are willing to fight that bigger champion , one of them on a weeks notice and I'm a spastic because I believe Machida who is the number one contender to Jones should have taken the fight on a months notice?
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:24 AM   #10
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To be fair, he has already fought Jones once on short notice, and I'm sure he simply wants to put in a full camp before giving it another shot.


Yeah I guess...maybe we will get a Dan Henderson vs Machida fight out of this whole mess.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:47 AM   #11
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Jones was turning down a smaller guy coming off a loss who has nothing to offer him stylistically. Machida is turning down the champion, a bigger guy who has already wasted him.

You're a spastic.
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I understand Machida is a legitimate contender who earned the right to take his shot to take when he wants. It would be completely retarded to take a fight now, he would want to wait and prepare until conditions are suited for a title shot. Vitor has nothing to lose taking on Jones.

ALso sonnen putting his hand up with 8 days notice shows what a great warrior the man is. He has made Jones look like an idiot turning it down, a decision move which will no doubt give jones penty of headache from now on.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:47 AM   #13
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Jones was turning down a smaller guy coming off a loss who has nothing to offer him stylistically. Machida is turning down the champion, a bigger guy who has already wasted him.

You're a spastic.
True.
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This fight is a lot more interesting than a Machida rematch.
How do you come to that conclusion??
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I'd assume this fight will just be Jones taking him down with ease then elbowing him into oblivion on the ground.

I wish Jones would just fight Belfort on the feet. It makes the fight much more dangerous for him, but much more exciting for us. If I was Belfort I'd just explode from the first bell and try to knock Bones out. **** it, it's his best chance of winning.
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