Lyoto Machida Declines Title Shot, Vitor Belfort Vs. Jon Jones at UFC 152
STUDIO MMA, RIVERSIDE, CA – Lyoto Machida turns down a title shot and rematch against Jon Jones at UFC 152. Jones will now face Vitor Belfort for the UFC light heavyweight title on September 22nd in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The inaugural UFC flyweight title bout between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will serve as the co-main event.
MMAFighting.com broke the news late Thursday night. Belfort was originally scheduled to face Alan Belcher at UFC 153 in Rio. A replacement for Belfort has yet to be announced.
Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, comes in on one month’s notice. Since returning to the octagon, Belfort has gone 3-1. The lone loss came via knockout from UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, back at UFC 126. Belfort is currently riding back-to-back victories over Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama and Anthony Johnson.
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