Machida Turns Down Title Shot, Bones Meets Belfort at UFC 152
The worst day of Dana White’s life isn’t over yet as the UFC President confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Lyoto Machida has turned down the title fight with Jon Jones at UFC 152 stating that he wanted more time to train for a title fight with Jones. Machida fought just three weeks ago when he defeated Ryan Bader to become the number 1 contender at Light Heavyweight.
Belfort was originally slated to meet Alan Belcher in a Middleweight contest at UFC 153 but will move up to his old home at 205lbs for a shot at the belt. Belfort enters the contest on the strength of a pair of victories over Anthony Johnson and Yoshihiro Akiyama, both first round finishes. Belfort’s last Light Heavyweight bout was almost five years ago in Cage Rage.