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Lyoto Machida Turns Down Jon Jones Fight at UFC 152, Vitor Belfort Steps in After Shogun Declines as Well [JONESANITY]

(“Vitor, my brother, you must take this fight for me. I have, how you say, too much pussy.”)

Remember how badly Lyoto Machida wanted a rematch with Jon Jones? Well, he didn’t want it badly enough to fight Jones on a month’s notice. In the latest chapter of the UFC’s most bizarre storyline of 2012, it was revealed late last night by MMAFighting that Machida decided he needed more time to prepare for another title fight against the light-heavyweight champ, and has turned down the opportunity. Machida had briefly been scheduled to face Jones at UFC 152 on September 22nd. (Yes, we’re calling it UFC 152 again. “UFC 151 will be remembered as the event Jon Jones and Greg Jackson murdered,” according to UFC president Dana White.)

The UFC’s next choice for Jones’s opponent was, logically, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who also “won impressively” at UFC on FOX 4. But as Lance Pugmire of the LA Times tweeted, Shogun also turned down the fight. Unbelievable. And so, Dana’s hate list grows larger by the day.

But look, on the horizon…a savior. For some reason, middleweight contender Vitor Belfort was offered the chance to fight Jones at UFC 152, which he happily accepted. Said Belfort: “Where a lot of guys are acting like divas I think this is a big challenge for any fighter. I have all the respect for Jones. That’s why you can’t miss this competition. I will not let no one down. I come from the times of Carlson Gracie. He lives inside of me.” Belfort was originally slated to fight Alan Belcher at UFC 153 in Rio.

So there you have it: Jones will be making his next title defense against a 185′er, but not the one that you’d expect. Perhaps the fact that Chael Sonnen is coming off a loss was enough to disqualify him, although if Belfort turned down the Jones offer as well, who knows what could have happened?

A few more fun facts:

— Always a gentleman, Anderson Silva offered to save UFC 151 by stepping in to fight a light-heavyweight on the card…just not Jon Jones.

— Also from the MMAFighting report: “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.” Yeah, no shit. Jones didn’t want to fight Machida, the fans weren’t psyched about it, and now Dana doesn’t want it either. Maybe now would be a good time for the Dragon to drop to middleweight.

This. What a difference two years makes.

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Nippletwist- August 25, 2012 at 11:43 am
anderson should fight machida or shogun. thatd be fucking balls.
UFCFightBlogger- August 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm
I cannot believe Jones did not take the Sonnen fight even on short notice. In what world can Sonnen hang with Jones with 8 days notice? Simply amazing. Jones is going to catch hell from everyone for this decision--aka Lebron James. Karma is going to bite this guy hard.
RwilsonR- August 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Good for Vitor! And Jones can't surprise Vitor with any of his Jesus magic, because Vitor already expects Jesus... every day.
RwilsonR- August 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Would Andrson accept a fight against Chael Sonnen on short notice at LHW?
johnhayte- August 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm
I don't understand how Jones can appear so mentally fragile in his day-to-day life and yet manage to fight like a zen warrior inside the cage. The seeds of this whole debacle were planted during the GSP-Serra fight. Greg Jackson saw how mental unpreparedness can undermine even the most talented fighter (GSP admitted as much after the fight) and has decided to apply that lesson to a fanatical degree with his prized prodigy.
J-Dog- August 24, 2012 at 11:43 am
I like Jones and I like Sonnen. I'd like to see that fight more than Jones v. Belfort, Machida, Bader, or Shogun. However, I don't think Sonnen would stand much of a chance. I don't see why Jones wouldn't take that fight. What a douche. I'm still on the Jones bandwagon as far as I think he's an awesome fighter, but he loses MAJOR points for this shit.
Crow42- August 24, 2012 at 10:37 am
@ lesner tiny pecker
U are kidding right bro , Bones scared of Sonnen ??
Yea right and Sonnen beat the spider twice lmao
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- August 24, 2012 at 10:17 am
@ringchoker: you ain't one of those reformed Lesnar nut huggers are you? like the ones that said Cock would be HW champ for 50 yrs. and now talk about how they never liked him. Jones is scareed shitless of Chael and if Vitor can get back close to his form and JJ has his mind on other stuff it might not be such an easy fight. Tell JJ to go put those elbows on a bar for a couple hours of drinking and then go for a nice drive. Oh wait he already did that What an R-Tard He can eat a bowel of dick. Yea that's what I said and if I see him I will tell him "have a nice day Mr Jones" Mr. Jones and me drinking and diving thru the bario
adavis- August 24, 2012 at 10:01 am
How could Shogun turn down a fight when he's still medically suspended?
ringjoker80- August 24, 2012 at 9:34 am
well i am happy i did not want to see old ass hendo get his ass kicked and end up like randy, lidell, hughes legends who are losers. he put the dragon to sleep, he beat up rua, sonnen just got to the division maybe he should earn his title shot. belfort psycho ass comes from nowhere it will be hilarious to see how many elbows jones will give him. haters going to hate but he is still the champ.
monkyspunk- August 24, 2012 at 9:33 am
if the UFC, and mma in general, wants to be considered a legitimate sport than it should allow its athletes adequate time to prepare and train for its competitions. This isn't a gladiator tournament where you throw random people together and see what happens. It's a sport that involves actual strategy and planning. To blame a fighter for sticking to a planned course and refusing a last minute deviation is unfair to the fighter and damaging to mma's reputation as a true sport.
Pen Fifteen- August 24, 2012 at 10:17 am
Good point, because 4 weeks is a really inadequate span of time during which to prepare for a competition. I mean, that's why teams in the NFL teams only compete once a month, to give them adequate time to rest and prepare for the next game, right?
CrackMasterVanSnap- August 24, 2012 at 9:16 am
Things you should not turn down in order of importance.
A free lunch.
Road head.
A title shot.
johnhayte- August 24, 2012 at 9:02 am
I cannot blame Machida for wanting to be as prepared as possible. If he loses to Jones for a second time in less than a year then he may never get a title shot again.
holeeball- August 24, 2012 at 8:59 am
Jones is worse than a politician. Fuck this guy.
CrackMasterVanSnap- August 24, 2012 at 8:40 am
It's too bad all this Bellator 73 talk is overshadowing the tragedy that is UFC 151.
Cheeseburger Eddie- August 24, 2012 at 8:27 am
Ok, I'm as mad as anyone about the shit Bones has pulled but I'm going to play devil's advocate for a minute. DW offers up Uncle Chael and Bone/Jackson turn it down. I don't think there is anyone who would say that Chael physically could beat Jon but Greg Jackson is one of the best minds in the game for a reason. He knows that Chael was able to get in the head of Anderson Silva, one of the most calm Jedi like fighters of all time. If Chael was given the fight Jackson knew Bones would get emotional and flustered and not stick to the game plan and possibly get beaten. I'm not a fan of Jackson's boys playing it safe but I can understand Jackson's passing of the idea. That all said, WAR SONNEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The12ozCurls- August 24, 2012 at 7:45 am
I bet Vince McMahon poaches some of the writers from this UFC script because this is crazy. Truth really is better than fiction. Excuse me, I have to go throw up now from all this bullshit drama.
Sho Nuff- August 24, 2012 at 7:27 am
Vitor Belfort, the only true warrior left in Brazil (since Wandy lives in Cali. - war wandy).
Nintendong- August 24, 2012 at 7:11 am
What a joke MMA is becoming these days.
ArmFarmer- August 24, 2012 at 7:09 am
Just looked a Jone's tweet.. "just to clear the air I've never turned down an mma fight with anyone and never will". He sure likes to set himself up for future contradictions, doesn't he?
amsterdamheavy- August 24, 2012 at 7:53 am
which is why some of us fucking despise him

I always respect my opponents, but when I dont, I sign my name as CHAMP before I win the belt.

I never drive drunk, unless I have 2 white tramps in my Bentley on a Saturday night whole my baby's mama is sitting at home.

I never turn down a fight, unless Greg Jackson says I should.

Been saying this for a while now; FUCK Jon Jones
ytrebil- August 24, 2012 at 7:06 am
p.s. Belfort looks massive in that photo.
ArmFarmer- August 24, 2012 at 7:04 am
Idk about the front kick to the face nutmeg, I figure he'll get taken down and eat a massive face destroying elbow. At least there is SOME uncertainty with this fight I guess..