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CRAZINESS! Lyoto Machida Turns Down Title Shot, Jon Jones To Face Vitor Belfort At UFC 152

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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 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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Post #1   8/24/12 1:20:36AM   

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Didn't see this one coming. WAR BELFORT! As a MMA fan these are the days I live for. Talk about a rollercoaster!

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Wow, I'm shocked.

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Post #3   8/24/12 1:23:42AM   

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WOW!!!!!!!!

Just WOW!!!!!!

What a crazy day. I wasn't expecting Belfort at all. Machida must have an injury of some sort, or he's crazy.

Weidman publicly offered to fight Bones also, he seems like he would be nearer the front of the queue than Belfort ?

Maybe Jones turned that fight down too......

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Posted by MMAcca

WOW!!!!!!!!

Just WOW!!!!!!

What a crazy day. I wasn't expecting Belfort at all. Machida must have an injury of some sort, or he's crazy.

Weidman publicly offered to fight Bones also, he seems like he would be nearer the front of the queue than Belfort ?

Maybe Jones turned that fight down too......



Belfort is more marketable at LHW than Weidman being a former champion and all. That's what I'm guessing.

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What a crazy day. I wasn't expecting Belfort at all. Machida must have an injury of some sort, or he's crazy.



His last chance on a month's notice maybe?

My favorite fighter next month is going to be Vitor Belfort. The Belfort train starts tonight. I hope it doesn't crash and burn before it derails the Bones Bentley.

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OMG... What is going on????? I just don't understand fighters anymore. This is absolutely straight ridiculousness. This is why I have always loved Wanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell. Neither guy has ever cared about losing. Instead they always wanted to put on a good show for the fans. All of these fighters declining fights is beyond ridiculousness. Oh well. Go Vitor!

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Posted by MMAcca

What a crazy day. I wasn't expecting Belfort at all. Machida must have an injury of some sort, or he's crazy.



His last chance on a month's notice maybe?

My favorite fighter next month is going to be Vitor Belfort. The Belfort train starts tonight. I hope it doesn't crash and burn before it derails the Bones Bentley.



wait i thought bones already derailed the bentley... why the hell did machida turn down the fight. either way

WAR VITOR

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i would like to hear from machida now.

either way, i'm glad belfort came through. its not surprising, fighting for a title under these circumstances doesnt happen very often, plus it just shows that vitor is fighter though and through. i like this matchup because of the lethality in vitor's hands. i know theres alot of people pissed at jones right now, including myself, but i will probably pick jones by some sort of stoppage.

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Idk why they would schedule Jones/Machida a month from now. I know Jones has been training, but Machida just came off a fight.

And 152 already had a pretty good main event/co-main event.


Just freaking scrap Jones altogether until you can put in Machida or Shogun for good.

Instead of just tossing guys in randomly for a title shot.

Geez, I think I need a break from all this.

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Posted by FastKnockout


Posted by MMAcca

WOW!!!!!!!!

Just WOW!!!!!!

What a crazy day. I wasn't expecting Belfort at all. Machida must have an injury of some sort, or he's crazy.

Weidman publicly offered to fight Bones also, he seems like he would be nearer the front of the queue than Belfort ?

Maybe Jones turned that fight down too......



Belfort is more marketable at LHW than Weidman being a former champion and all. That's what I'm guessing.



You're probably right there.

I would like to see the UFC do what Twenty20 has just said and wait until they can get Jones a solid opponent and hold him back for another event until it's all sorted.

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Posted by MMAcca

I would like to see the UFC do what Twenty20 has just said and wait until they can get Jones a solid opponent and hold him back for another event until it's all sorted.



Jones fights for money. He has admitted that a lot lately. He probably wants to fight in three weeks so he can make bank.

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Posted by MMAcca


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WOW!!!!!!!!

Just WOW!!!!!!

What a crazy day. I wasn't expecting Belfort at all. Machida must have an injury of some sort, or he's crazy.

Weidman publicly offered to fight Bones also, he seems like he would be nearer the front of the queue than Belfort ?

Maybe Jones turned that fight down too......



Belfort is more marketable at LHW than Weidman being a former champion and all. That's what I'm guessing.



You're probably right there.

I would like to see the UFC do what Twenty20 has just said and wait until they can get Jones a solid opponent and hold him back for another event until it's all sorted.




but then again a lot of ppl are complaining about WW, MW & HW being held up too. UFC needs to get their champs more active, more excitement in title fights

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When was the last time Belfort faught at 205? 2007? Wow and he was preparing for a middleweight fight in October? He should bulk up no problem

I do actually like this fight though just because it's someone new for Jones to fight and Vitor has looked like an animal lately.

I wonder who they'll put against Belcher in Brazil... I hope it's Weidman but that seems unlikely for a Brazil event.

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What is going on?
This just keeps getting weirder and weirder

WAR BELFORT

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