Machida and Shogun Decline Title Fight, Vitor Belfort Steps Up vs. Jon Jones

Former UFC light heavyweight champions, Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua both turned down a title fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 22nd, 2012. In the end Jones has accepted to fight former light heavyweight champion, Vitor Belfort at the same event.

Jones has ran through the 205 pound division to claim the title, defeating the likes of Ryan Bader, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.

Belfort has spent the last couple of years competing as a middleweight and has won seven of his last eight bouts including knockout wins over Rich Franklin and Yoshihiro Akiyama. His sole loss came to middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.

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