Jon Jones Thinks UFC 152 Fight With Vitor Belfort Will Be A ‘Magnificent Display Of Mixed Marital Arts’
With the controversy of the canceled UFC 151 event nearly fizzled, attention is beginning to shift to UFC 152 on Sept. 22 where in the main event Jon Jones attempts to defend his light heavyweight championship belt against Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.
The match up between Jones and Belfort is compelling due to the skill and physical attributes of both fighters. The 25-year-old champion is one of the hardest fighters in the sport to hit due to his height and length, but Belfort is one of the best in the world at using his speed to close distance and knock opponents out.
Jones has handily defeated every challenger placed in front of him since becoming champion and Belfort presents a new threat to the reign of the New York native. Most fighters focus on Belfort’s hand speed when fighting him, however Jones seems unconcerned and says he is most looking forward to testing his himself against Belfort’s fighting stance.
“I’m just really excited to fight Vitor Belfort, mainly because he’s a southpaw.” Jones said in a pre-fight interview with UFC.com. “Last time I fought a southpaw was Lyoto (Machida)…I got punched pretty good and I’m really anxious to just do a better job against another dangerous southpaw and to look better than the one I looked before, against Lyoto.”
When it comes to the careers of both Jones and Belfort, the two couldn’t be on further ends of spectrum. Jones began fighting professionally in 2008, has thoroughly beaten down all comers, quickly rising to the top of the sport. On the flip side, Belfort has been in the fighting game since 1996, was UFC light heavyweight champion in 2004, and has had plenty of ups and downs over the course of his long career.
The main event of UFC 152 from the Air Canada Center in Toronto pits the modern MMA fighter against the old guard. Even though he is much less experienced than Belfort in terms of fighting years, Jones feels he has fought better competition and is the more versatile fighter.
“Me and Vitor Belfort are from different generations of fighting,” Jones explained. “I really believe that in my short career I’ve already fought a lot of tougher opponents than he has. I feel like I have more championship caliber fights than he has. I’m ready for this.
“He’s a boxer slash jiu-jitsu fighter, his versatility is not as good as mine, but where he lacks versatility he does have experience and physical strength.”
No matter what Jones thinks about Belfort’s skills, he has made it clear that “The Phenom” is an opponent he greatly respects and admires. Both men are used to getting their hands raised, and Sept. 22, live on pay-per-view, each will be hunting for victory once again. Jones is eager to put on a show for the Canadian fans and believes the fight is going to be a showcase of what MMA is all about.
“He’s a winner, I’m a winner. He’s a dominant guy, I believe that I dominate most of my competition,”
“It’s going to be a magnificent, magnificent display of mixed marital arts.”
Mike Bohn, founder and lead writer of FightCove.com, wrote this article. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @FightCoveMike. Also, be sure to follow @FightCove on Twitter and “Like” Fight Cove on Facebook.