Jon Jones v Vitor Belfort
Joseph Benavidez v Demetrious Johnson
Michael Bisping v Brian Stann
TJ Grant v Evan Dunham
Matt Hamill v Vladimir Matyushenko
Cub Swanson v Charles Oliveira
Igor Pokrajac v Vinny Magalhaes
Jimy Hettes v Marcus Brimage
Seth Baczynski v Simeon Thoresen
Sean Pierson v Lance Benoist
Mitch Gagnon v Walel Watson
Charlie Brenneman v Kyle Noke
UFC 152: Jones v Belfort at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, September 22, 2012.
Ariel Helwani is reporting that Jon Jones will now be defending his UFC light heavyweight belt against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto.
Jones was slated to fight Lyoto Machida, but according to Helwani at mmafighting.com, “The Dragon” reportedly withdrew from the title fight after wishing for more time to train for Jones.
Thursday started with UFC president Dana White announcing the cancellation of UFC 151 on Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas because of a knee injury to light heavyweight challenger Dan Henderson.
Then White angrily revealed that Jones and his team refused to fight a late substitute in Chael Sonnen. The former middleweight challenger, who had been trading jabs with Jones on Twitter after announcing his plan to move from 185 pounds to 205, offered to take on Jones on just eight days’ notice, but Jones turned it down.
Coincidentally, Machida was awarded the title bout versus Jones over fellow Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua after White decided “The Dragon” gave a more compelling performance in knocking out Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 at Staples Center on Aug. 4
UFC President Dana White just announced on a conference call that the entire card for UFC 151 has been canceled because of a knee injury to light heavyweight contender Dan Henderson.
Not making matters any easier — or White any happier — was UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones refusing to accept a last-minute bout against former middleweight challenger Chael Sonnen, who had agreed to take the fight on just eight days’ notice.
“Every day, crazy (stuff) happens. Here’s a new crazy one for us,” White said.
UFC 151 was supposed to take place Sept. 1 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
White, describing the decision by Jones and his camp as “disgusting,” pointed out that Jones is the first UFC champion ever to turn down a match.
“I don’t know what to expect from Jon Jones anymore. He just selfishly made a terrible decision that affects a lot of people,” White said.
Jones will now fight former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida on Sept. 22 in Toronto at UFC 152.
Henderson’s last fight was a Fight of the Year victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in November. White said Henderson tried to train and get through the injury, but there was nothing they could do after Henderson went in for a doctor visit.
White spared no words for Jones and his trainer Greg Jackson, mentioning that millions of dollars have already been spent on marketing, as well as the cost to the other fighters who were supposed to be on the UFC 151 card.
“Good for you, Jon Jones, that you have money, but there’s a bunch of guys that needed to fight to feed their families,” White said.
Welterweight Charlie Brenneman (@SpaniardMMA), who was supposed to fight Kyle Noke on the undercard, quickly took to Twitter to rip Jones.
“@jonnybones u can send my check to PO box 198. EH NJ. Rent is due the first, so preferably by then. Thanks.”
In an interview on Tapout radio, Jackson said Jones would have fought Sonnen at UFC 152. He also defended his team’s decision while chiding the notion that his fighter would have had eight days to prepare to defend his belt against a different opponent.
“It’s really three days’ notice. We all know what fight week is like. It’s all media,” Jackson said.
White said ticketholders for UFC 151 at Mandalay Bay will get refunded.
Ronaldo Souza (white shorts) walks away from Derek Brunson after knocking him out during their match at STRIKEFORCE ON SHOWTIME ROUSEY VS. KAUFMAN at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego Saturday, August 18, 2012.(Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer)
Main Event Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey def. Sarah Kaufman via submission (armbar) at 0:54 of round one
Ronaldo Souza def. Derek Brunson via KO at 0:41 of round one
Tarec Saffiedine def. Roger Bowling via unanimous decision
Anthony Smith def. Lumumba Sayers via submission at 3:52 of round one
Ovince St. Preux def. T.J. Cook via KO at 0:20 of round three
Miesha Tate def. Julie Kedzie via submission at 3:28 of round three
Adlan Amagov def. Keith Berry via TKO at 0:48 of round one
Germaine de Randamie def. Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision
Bobby Green def. Matt Ricehouse via unanimous decision
Middleweight Adlan Amagov (10-2-1) won by TKO in 48 seconds of the first round over Keith Berry (12-10), who protested the stoppage and seemed to have many fans in agreement.
In a women’s featherweight bout with some international flair, Germaine de Randamie (3-2) of the Netherlands earned a unanimous-decision victory over Hiroko Yamanaka (12-2) of Japan.
In the opening fight, lightweight “King” Bobby Green (19-5) of Fontana dominated his way to a unanimous decision over Matt Ricehouse (6-1).
On the undercard, former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (13-3) — whom Ronda Rousey beat for the title in March with a vicious armbar — pulled off her own impressive submission victory by getting Julie Kedzie (16-10) to tap out to an armbar at 3:28 of the third round.
Afterward, Tate predicted Rousey would defend her title and defeat Sarah Kaufman in the main event but added that she would enjoy every second of Rousey getting punched in the face. MEOW!!!
STRIKEFORCE WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Sarah Kaufman (134) vs Ronda Rousey (135)
Derek Brunson (186) vs “Jacare” Souza (186)
Roger Bowling (170) vs Tarec Saffiedine (169.5)
Anthony Smith (186) vs Lumumba Sayers (185)
T.J. Cook (203) vs Ovince St. Preux (205.5)
SHOWTIME EXTREME PRELIMS
Julie Kedzie (135) vs Miesha Tate (136)
Keith Berry (186) vs Adlan Amagov (186)
Matt Ricehouse (155) vs Bobby Green (155)
Germaine de Randamie (144) vs Hiroko Yamanaka (145)