This past few weeks have been among the toughest of UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jonesâ€™ career. Fortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel is only a few weeks away, as â€œBonesâ€ is booked to face Vitor Belfort on September 22 at UFC 152. The scrap should mark the first step in Jones putting the debacle of UFC 151 behind him and is also an opportunity for the 25-year old to face a man he has a ton of respect for.
Belfort has been fighting for more than fifteen years including a number of memorable wins against widely-respected opponents and a UFC belt to boot. While those credentials donâ€™t necessarily make Belfort a legitimate contender at 205 pounds considering his recent success is at middleweight, Jones is still happy to be locking horns with a legend.
â€œNo, I donâ€™t think he necessarily deserves (a title-shot) but Iâ€™m honored to fight him,â€ explained Jones in an interview with The MMA Hour. â€œHeâ€™s a great guy, a hard working guyâ€¦I respect Vitor Belfort a lot. Iâ€™m honored to fight him. I think heâ€™s definitely a worthy opponent.â€
Jones also elaborated on his feelings about Chael Sonnen and the polarizing pugilistâ€™s trash-talk aimed at baiting Jones into a short notice bout with him. Though Jones wasnâ€™t disappointed to find out he would be battling Belfort instead of Sonnen, he didnâ€™t mince words when it came to the possibility of a future meeting between the two.
â€œChael will get his time and when his time comes, Iâ€™ll tell you what, Iâ€™m gonna beat that man silly. I really will. I really will,â€ said Jones matter-of-factly.
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