Vitor Belfort: “Chael didn’t deserve to fight a guy like Jones.”

Now that Jon Jones has semi-apologized for the cancellation of UFC 151, many fans are wondering how his fight with Vitor Belfort actually came about. As it turns out, the widely-respected Brazilian got the call to face Jones and agreed to take the bout before his bosses had even finished asking him the question. According to Belfort, he would have even stepped in to fight sooner than September 22 if it had been necessary.

“If the fight would have happened next Saturday, I would have stepped in. That’s what I told them: ‘Don’t cancel! There are so many fans, we don’t want to bum them out. They deserve to see a fight. Let’s do it!’ Unfortunately, the wheels were already in motion to cancel UFC 151, but now the fight is scheduled for September 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto,” explained Belfort in an interview with ESPN.com.

“When you have a history like I do, somebody like me from the old days, we’re not divas,” Belfort continued “Carlson Gracie, during my first fight against a guy called Jon Hess, said, ‘Vitor, when your mind is ready, you are going to be dangerous for anybody. You have to just think of one thing, never hesitate when a challenge comes. Just do it.’”

In closing, Belfort also said he understood why Jones didn’t want to fight Chael Sonnen, explaining, “For Jones, on a personal level, fighting Chael Sonnen wasn’t worth it. Chael didn’t deserve to fight a guy like Jones.”

Meanwhile, the former UFC champ stated he felt he was a much more enticing opponent for Jones, pointing to the match as a perfect example of old school vs. new school.

“I admire him a lot. He’s the new version of the sport; I come from the old version. It’s a perfect fit. The fans are going to enjoy it.”

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9 COMMENTS
  • raker says:

    You’re the effin man Vitor! I like the old school…. Minus the groin shots and hair pulling.

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  • redwire says:

    I don’t know that Jones/Belfort makes sense, but I definitely like Vitor’s attitude. He’s certainly not acting like a diva.

    Now he just has to stay healthy until the 22nd. Go easy on the sparring Vitor! Protect the hands!

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  • Angry Mike says:

    All that positive thinking is great, but the facts are the facts. Physically, Jones is very similar to Anderson Silva because they’re long and tall. But Jones is even longer and taller, and he cuts weight to get to 205. Vitor has power and amazing hand speed, but this Jones’ fight to lose.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    “Carlson Gracie, during my first fight against a guy called Jon Hess, said, ‘Vitor, when your mind is ready, you are going to be dangerous for anybody. You have to just think of one thing, never hesitate when a challenge comes. Just do it.’”

    YES…a Jon Hess reference!!

    For those who aren’t familar, Jon Hess is a badass who invented the fighting methodology known as  S.A.F.T.A. – Scientifically Aggressive Fighting Technology of America. Think of the karate instructor in Napolean Dynamite, only fatter. Boom!

    So this guy is of course a fighter himself, and he brought his badassery to the UFC 5 tournament, fighting a dude named Andy Anderson. When Hess found himself in trouble he started gouging the shit out of Anderson’s eyes. Fortunately, Big John was refereeing the action… unfortunately, John didn’t really do anything about it other than some useless warnings. So Hess went on to win the fight, but as word spread about Hess’ performance the fellow fighters backstage apparently wanted to kick Hess’ ass on the spot, and Hess ultimately withdrew from the tourney with a “hand injury.”

    Hess wound up being fined a couple thousand bucks for his actions, and had a difficult time finding another fight (for obvious reasons). So feeling a bit desperate, he started running his mouth and eventually secured a fight with Vitor Belfort… and Vitor proceeded to nearly murder him.

    So that’s the tale of Jon Hess. Apparently that dude stuck with Vitor enough that he’s still mentioning him by name in completely unrelated interviews several years later… “a guy called Jon Hess”… awesome.

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  • Screenplaya says:

    I like Vitor’s attitude and comments. A legitimate contender who is willing to take the fight on short notice is not something you find on every street corner. When he pointed out that he understood why JBJ didn’t want to fight an undeserving fighter, he won me over. That is absolutely what happened.

    I hope you put on a great fight, Vitor.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    “A legitimate contender who is willing to take the fight on short notice is not something you find on every street corner.”

    When did Belfort become a legit LHW contender?

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  • raker says:

    If anyone deserves a LHW title shot that was currently not in the LHW title picture, it’s Vitor. Not even Anderson Silva can say he’s the former heavyweight and light heavyweight champ. It’s like Randy coming back after losing to Chuck and getting a HW title shot. He earned his stripes a long time ago.

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  • MCM says:

    Pot: “Hey Kettle!”
    Kettle: “What?”
    Pot: “You’re Black.”

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  • Mcm you say some of the most genius things. Rich that was an awesome mamaw history lesson, and now onto the topic.
    Neither do you Vitor. I respect your attitude and admire your enthusiasm towards this challenge but I think Bones will have his way with the phenom and I think Chael would too.

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