UFC officials announced early Friday morning that Jon Jones will not meet Lyoto Machida as previously announced at UFC 152. Instead “Bones” will defend his light heavyweight title against another ex-champion in Vitor Belfort.

Jones was initially expected to face Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 in the UFC 151 headliner before Henderson was forced to withdraw on short notice with a partially torn MCL. Promotion officials then offered Jones a fight with Chael Sonnen, which the champion turned down, resulting in the UFC canceling the show.

After revealing that UFC 151 would no longer take place, UFC President Dana White then announced that Jones would instead rematch Machida on Sept. 22 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in the new UFC 152 main event. However, that booking has also been scrapped, as promotion officials stated that Machida declined the short-notice opportunity.

While Belfort is a former light heavyweight champion, “The Phenom” had done his damage at middleweight in recent years and was next slated to face Alan Belcher at October’s UFC 153. The 35-year-old has won back-to-back fights since his ill-fated middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva, knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama one year ago before submitting Anthony Johnson this past January at UFC 142.

Jones, 25, has won seven straight fights heading into his upcoming defense. The Jackson’s MMA representative captured the title last year by finishing Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 and subsequently submitted Quinton Jackson and Machida in his first two title defenses. “Bones” last competed at UFC 145, taking a unanimous verdict from former training partner Rashad Evans at UFC 145.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Stefan Struve Set for UFC 190 in Brazil

  • 18 days ago
  • 0 views

Heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Stefan Struve will meet at UFC 190, officials announced on Tuesday. read news >>

Luke Rockhold has only ill will for Vitor Belfort: 'I wish nothing good for Vitor'

  • 8 days ago
  • 183 views

Luke Rockhold is gearing up to fight Lyoto Machida on April 18th, but he had some harsh words for past opponents Vitor Belfort and Michael Bisping in his recent interview with Phoenix Carnevale. read news >>

Nate Diaz Out, Matt Brown Faces Tim Means at UFC 189

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 views

After Nate Diaz put a damper on an announced UFC 189 bout with Matt Brown, the UFC quickly moved to Option B. read news >>

UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas fight card

  • 27 days ago
  • 12 views

A look at the early afternoon Saturday, April 4th UFC event on Fox Sports 1 in Fairfax, VA, where featherweight contenders Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas square off in the main event. The UFC doesn't read news >>

Jose Aldo denies being slapped by Conor McGregor

  • 28 days ago
  • 443 views

Jose Aldo has a different story for his recent "altercation" with Conor McGregor in Toronto. According to UFC president Dana White, the featherweight champion was "crazy" after McGregor slapped his b read news >>

Sergio Moraes’ new opponent announced for UFC Fight Night 64

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

An injury has once again forced a change in Sergio Moraes’ next fight. Moraes, a multiple time jiu-jitsu champion, will now face UFC newcomer Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 64 in Krakow, Poland, o read news >>

Invicta FC 12 card finalized, tickets on sale

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

The full card for Invicta FC 12 has been finalized with a total of 10 fights announced for the April 24 event.Filed under: News read news >>

Matt Hamill withdraws from WSOF 19, Thiago Silva now faces Teddy Holder

  • 28 days ago
  • 179 views

Just hours before he was set to return from retirement, Matt Hamill has withdrawn from tonight’s WSOF 19 event.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor ‘slapped Aldo’s back’ on Toronto morning show, now Aldo ‘is crazy’

  • 29 days ago
  • 64 views

UFC President Dana White explained a tense situation that took pace on Friday morning in Toronto. Following eight stops on the UFC 189 World Tour, it is to no one's surprise that Ireland's Conor McGr read news >>