Machida turns down title-fight, Belfort steps in to fight Jones at UFC 152 in Toronto

August 24, 2012

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Machida turns down title-fight, Belfort steps in to fight Jones at UFC 152 in Toronto



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<http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Dan-Miller> has been forced out of his fight with Toronto’s Sean Pierson<http://www.ufc.com/fighter/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<http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Charlie-Brenneman> and Kyle Noke<http://www.ufc.com/fighter/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<http://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

Main Card
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.

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