Yesterday proved to be one of the biggest whirlwinds in UFC and possibly in MMA history. With what was suppose to be one of the most epic fights between current light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, Nevada turned into a MMA shuffle.
First, it was was declared that Henderson was out with a MCL injury and the whole card in Las Vegas was cancelled. Jones had turned down replacement fighter Chael Sonnen. This caused whole MMA world to erupt in disbelief and blast Jones for his decision.
Next, the championship bout was rescheduled with contender Lyoto Machida taking on Jones. It would have overseeded the Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson flyweight championship bout at UFC 152 becoming the headlining match. The rematch between the two would have been worth the pay-per-view buys.
But in a turn of events, it was reported last night that Machida had turned down the fight. And later on in the day it was was then reported that Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort volunteered to take on Jones.
Belfort was scheduled to fight middleweight Alan Belcher at UFC 153 in October. White hasn’t stated who would be taking Belfort’s place against Belcher. And now he has a month to train to fight against one of the pound for pound best in the world.
Coming up in weight, Belfort’s last legitimate fight at light heavyweight was five years ago. He won a light heavyweight championship bout against James Zikic at Cage Rage 23. He is currently riding a two fight win streak against Anthony Johnson and Yoshiro Akiyama. His only UFC loss was against middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
UFC 152 is scheduled for September 22, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Listen to Dana White’s media conference about UFC 151 being cancelled below: