Vitor Belfort was willing to do what Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua were not.
Thanks to that, Belfort will be the one to challenge UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 152 for the title.
Belfort was originally set to face Alan Belcher in a key middleweight contest in Brazil, but will take the shot at a UFC title instead.
I just finish the call with my boss (Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White) I want to thank booth for put me in where a lot of guys are acting like divas I think this is a big challenge for any fighter that is alive on the game I thank God to provide me with this Blessing 2 fight the youngest champion we will face each other I have all the respect for Jones thats why u can`t miss this competition a vintage and hy-tech fight Glory to Jesus also happy for all the fans I will not let no one down I come from the times of (Carlson Gracie) He live inside of me I learn so much thing with him and (Al Stankie).
Belfort was unable to dethrone UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva last year, falling in the first round. Since that time, he has earned two straight victories.
“The Phenom” is a former UFC light heavyweight champion and winner of the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament.