As reported, Lyoto Machida never actually accepted a UFC 152 rematch with Jon Jones. Former champion Vitor Belfort will now make the move up to light heavyweight to challenge for the title on September 22 in Toronto, ON.
Additionally, the UFC has confirmed the addition of a welterweight bout between Charlie Brenneman and Kyle Noke to UFC 152, as well as an injury sustained by Dan Miller. A replacement is currently being sought for local welterweight Sean Pierson.
Full press release below:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – In another turn of events, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® confirmed today that Lyoto Machida turned down the opportunity to face Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title at UFC® 152 in Toronto and that Brazilian Vitor Belfort has agreed to step into his place. UFC® 152: JONES vs. BELFORT is set to take place at Air Canada Centre, in Toronto, Canada, on Sept. 22.
In other UFC® 152 news, Dan Miller has been forced out of his fight with Toronto’s Sean Pierson due to a medical issue with his son. The UFC® will look for a replacement for Miller. Also, added to the card is a welterweight bout between Charlie Brenneman and Kyle Noke, which was originally scheduled for UFC® 151.
Tickets forUFC® 152 are on sale now and available at the AirCanada Centre Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-5000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Tickets are priced at $550, $425, $375, $300, $250, $200, $150, $125, $85 and $60, and do not include applicable service charges.
The updated bout order for UFC® 152 is as follows:
Welterweight Bout – Charlie Brenneman vs. Kyle Noke
Bantamweight Bout – Walel Watson vs. Mitch Gagnon
Welterweight Bout – Simeon Thoresen vs. Seth Baczynski
Featherweight Bout – Marcus Brimage vs. Jimy Hettes
Welterweight Bout – TBD vs. Sean Pierson
Lightweight Bout – Evan Dunham vs. T.J Grant
Light Heavyweight Bout – Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac
Featherweight Bout – Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson
Light Heavyweight Bout – Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Matt Hamill
Middleweight Bout – Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping
Flyweight Championship (5 rounds) – Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez
Light Heavyweight Championship (5 rounds) – Vitor Belfort vs. Jon Jones
UFC® 152: JONES vs. BELFORT, presented by Assassin’s Creed III, Igniting the Revolution on October 30th, will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on Shaw Communications, Bell TV, Sasktel and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.
For more information orcurrent fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
About Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 liveevents annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.