Jon Jones On Vitor Belfort: ‘He’s A Legend’

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has already stepped inside the Octagon against some of the top fighters to ever grace the cage.

Jones, who has defeated the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, will take on former UFC champion Vitor Belfort Saturday night at UFC 152.

Vitor is a walking classic, he’s a legend. The word ‘legend’ is often abused in sports, but he truly is. I feel honored to be fighting him on September 22.

Jones was originally slated to meet Dan Henderson earlier this month, but Henderson injured his knee in August and could not make the bout. After turning down bouts and having fighters decline fights, Jones ended up with Belfort.

In many ways, this is a tougher fight than the one I had scheduled on September 1 against Dan Henderson. He has a lot of speed and is aggressive. He’s another former champion at this weight division, and that’s the kind of fight that adds to a career and helps build your legacy.

With a victory over Belfort, “Bones” can move one win closer to tying the record for most successful title defenses in the division. That mark was set by Tito Ortiz with five.

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Fight Cards

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira

Event Date: April 26, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 118: Dantas vs. Warren

Event Date: May 2, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com

Bellator 119: Cooper vs. Halsey

Event Date: May 9, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva

Event Date: May 10, 2014
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 120: Alvarez vs. Chandler III

Event Date: May 17, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw

Event Date: May 24, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass