Machida Turns Down Title Shot, Bones Meets Belfort at UFC 152

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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.

14 Responses to “ Machida Turns Down Title Shot, Bones Meets Belfort at UFC 152 ”

  1. mike kent says:

    ugh i just dont see how this makes sense lol belfort hasnt fought at 205 since 2007 and bones just said that if the UFC wanted him to fight chael on the toronto card he would. They cant find a more suitable opponent @205 for there champ with 1 months notice ? this is bizarre

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  2. Troy says:

    Holy crap what a day lol…I think Jones is going to wish he took the Sonnen fight…Vitor is probably the most dangerous fight for Jones. Not sure how Jones will handle everyone not being a fan of him after his decision…reading online and hearing Dana there will be a lot of haters. This is best case for Vitor. Title shit and its not Anderson Silva :P

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  3. booboo says:

    SHOGUN SHOULD OF GOTTEN THAT SPOT AFTER THE LAST FIGHT IF MACHIDA TURNED IT DOWN , BOY WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY FROM THE TIMES THEY WERE PULLING FANS OUT THE CROWD JUST TO FILL A CARD . BACK IN THE DAY OF THE UFC , THE TURNEY STYLE FORMATES WERE A FIGHTER FOUGHT WHOM EVER THEY HAD TO , BUT I GUESS WE AS FANS ARE SEEING WHOM IS A TRUE FIGHTER AND WHO AINT !I HOPE VICTOR BEATS HIS ASS !

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  4. Robin Black says:

    Shogun is all smashed up from last fight.

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  5. Donald Duck says:

    Troy you’re dumb like hammer.

    How is Vitor a more dangerous opponent than Machida or Sonnen? Belfort is now and always has been a one trick pony and Jones’ jab can basically take that trick from him. Even if Belfort decides to rush Jones to get into the pocket we’ve seen John has weapons at that range.

    Belfort offers nothing for Jones.

    Machida is the logical opponent (not sure why they said no).

    Sonnen was the best possible short notice opponent (and I don’t buy the Jackson excuse that Chael has been prepping for Jones in advance of the notice as a reason for not taking the fight) and they’ve said no to that.

    This whole sport is a little silly some days.

    Donnie

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  6. Hardcore says:

    Crazy, I wanted to see hendo fight…

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  7. Tyler Davis says:

    i thought having a belt means your on top and must accept all challengers to remain the champ……apparently that does not apply to this sport.

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  8. Rob says:

    Dana White’s crybaby reaction to blame Jones and Jackson on the UFC 151 cancellation is pathetic. It’s the UFC’s fault for having a thin card and relying completely on the main event. If they had at least one other really good fight, they wouldn’t have had to cancel.

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  9. Troy says:

    lol you call me dumb saying Vitor is a one trick pony and yet you throw in Sonnen’s name. If you honestly think Sonnen stands a better chance that is funny! All Sonnen has is wrestling! Guys like Bader and Hammill did nothing against Jones and Sonnen would be no different. Machida is dangerous but I feel that Jones will have a hard time subbing Vitor and anytime standing with Vitor you can be waking up asking what happened. Plus the fact Vitor took the fight shows his willingness. Can’t blame Machida for wanting a full camp to prep, but when Vitor gets LHW title shot you have to take in account the fact he will let it all go because look at this opportunity.

    I also think it is funny that a one trick pony won his last fight by submission…bjj black belt and arguably the most dangerous hands in the sport must be one trick.

    Thanks for calling me dumb for stating an opinion. Makes you sound so smart…and dumb like hammer or dumb like a hammer? Not sure whether hammer is a person or am I getting compared to a hammer :P

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  10. Troy says:

    I also think that the UFC should have had a back up….if I booked timed off work and paid for a trip I would be pissed…yeah you can get your money back but work holidays not so much. And fighters needing the money for rent and crap…this will be a lesson learned for sure

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  11. Donald Duck says:

    And here I thought the ability to detect sarcasm was just a Davis Brother’s issue….

    Vitor is a Carlson black belt and a very good one at that but let’s look at what the numbers tell us. Vitor has fought 30 times since his debut in 1996 but since we can divide Vitor into two eras (Old Vitor and New Vitor) let’s just look at New Vitor as it is more applicable.

    For the record I define the “New Vitor” period as starting when he returned to the UFC for the second time in ’05. At this point he was 10-2 and was basically walking through people (2 subs and 8 KO/TKOs). The ‘new Vitor era’ is marked by a decision loss to Chuck and then two stoppages (one was a nice stoppage on Eastman and the other was the BS cut to Couture). He then got beat by Couture and Ortiz and then returned to the land of Vitamins and Minerals. He then languished in random events notching wins over opponents that he should have been able to beat on a bad night.

    Since returning to the UFC for a third time he’s fought at two catch weights, knocked out a welterweight and been KO’d by the Spider. He was three subs to his name in 30 fights, one of which was a sub to strikes and the other two are a rear naked and arm bar.

    Vitor brings nothing to this fight. He chocked out Johnson using the same game plan that the two previous guys used to chock him out. He armbarred a guy who probably couldn’t spell Jiu Jitsu let alone know what was happening. He is a ‘one trick pony’. He circles and then bum rushes to close the distance. It is a thing of beauty when he gets it right because his opponents have next to no time to react to it but………. as I said previously, Jones has shown that he can deal with the explosive attack very well. What seems to frustrate Jone’s are the patient fighters who pick their shots. A decent sized Sonnen who can shoot from far out and takes his time when he fights will be much more successful than a Vitor who rushes to finish.

    So in conclusion, I don’t think your dumb like hammer I just don’t think you watch very much MMA.

    Donnie

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  12. Robin Black says:

    i like mc hammer

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  13. Idolmaker says:

    Do you like velvet hammer?

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  14. Big Boi says:

    Looks like Troy showed up for a gun fight with a stick.

    Biggie

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