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Jon Jones isn’t taking Vitor Belfort’s challenge seriously

Vitor BelfortAs invincible as UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has appeared to be in most of his match-ups, his last bout showed a sliver of mortality when 205-pound king was nearly dethroned by seasoned veteran Vitor Belfort. The two tussled this past September after Belfort volunteered to meet Jones on short notice, moving up from middleweight to take the tilt. Though ultimately one-sided, Belfort nearly shocked the world in the early stages of the scrap when he locked up an Armbar his foe had to fight through to escape. In fact, the hold was so stiff Jones has been sidelined since, recovering from a few minor injuries stemming from the submission attempt.

After Belfort’s recent win over Michael Bisping the legendary Brazilian decided to re-visit the thought of a rumble with Jones, calling for a crack at the champion in his next bout rather than awarding current contender Chael Sonnen the opportunity.

Jones was asked to address Belfort’s challenge this week as a guest on the Opie and Anthony Show where his amusement at the idea was evident.

“I didn’t even take him seriously. At no point in time was he close to winning that first fight outside of that Armbar. That was the first minute of the first round. Outside of that, it was a 24-minute butt whooping,” said Jones. “I was like, ‘Man, don’t call me out like that.’”

Showing little to no interest in Belfort, Jones will instead spend time focusing on his April 27 meeting with Sonnen at UFC 159. The fight will mark the fifth defense of his title.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Vitor went for a nice armbar, but he still got his ass beat. Nothing makes me think a rematch would be near as close. JBJ would avoid the arm locks and pick Vitor apart from the outside likely getting a 2nd or 3rd round TKO.

    Vitor sees Chael talking his way into matches and is trying the same thing. Nothing to see here.

  • raker says:

    I dunno. As much as I’d rather see a Belfort – Silva rematch, I think that Belfort could put on a better showing if he were to fight Jones again. Not to say that he’d win but he has the tools to make it a good fight. But we got to see a lot in that fight. Silva-Belfort was kinda like JDS-Cain I where the fight ended quickly. There is more of a potential for a MW title fight rematch to be better.


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