UFC 152: Why Is Vitor Belfort Fighting Jon Jones and Not Chael Sonnen?

Brian Oswald@@briancoswaldMMA Editor August 24, 2012

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They say truth is stranger than fiction. They were right.

So everyone thought that a Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida rematch was a lock for UFC 152 in Toronto, right?

On the media call (click here for the full audio transcript), Dana White said they were waiting on bout agreements to be signed. Machida, apparently, had a change of heart in the last few hours.

Enter Vitor Belfort (via MMAFighting), who has apparently been booked to face Jon Jones in Toronto on Sept. 22. Yeah, that came out of nowhere.

Looking past the utter bizarreness of that for a moment, I want to know what happened to that guy named Chael Sonnen who was ready to step in and save the day. Even Jon Jones said he would fight Chael Sonnen if it were to take place on Sept. 22 in Toronto.

From his interview with MMA Junkie:

Dan Henderson got hurt, and our fight was canceled. As difficult as it is to deal with everything that's happened, I just didn't feel like I had enough time to prepare both physically and mentally for a fight with a new opponent. I just didn't feel I had enough to prepare properly and perform at my best. Whether Chael Sonnen actually deserves a title shot really isn't my place to say. But if he wants to fight on Sept. 22, then I'm fine with that.

So how did we go from Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson to Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen to Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida II to Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort?!

Your guess is as good as mine...stay tuned.