When I first heard Rory MacDonald had pulled out of his UFC 152 fight against BJ Penn do to a severe cut above his eye I was devastated. Not only was that a rare matchup to begin with (seeing as veteran Penn came out of retirement to fight youthful Rory), it was also a big blow to the card as a replacement didn't seem likely. UFC president Dana White kept quiet about what would happen next, but I knew time was running out and it would likely remain a fight short. And then UFC 151 was cancelled...
"We've never, ever had a fighter refuse to fight somebody, especially a fighter who is a world champion as well as one of the top pound-for-pound guys in the world," White said. "It's baffling to me, and I've never seen it before." said Dana. It looked as though a Jones/Machida Part II would be the in the making for Toronto, but now things have changed once again. The card UFC 151 is officially scrapped, Toronto gets its card number back and fights held September 22nd will be under card UFC 152.
So here we have it - two title fights in one night - the flyweights at 125 lbs featuring Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson versus Joseph Benevidez and Jones versus the unlikely Vitor Belfort. Belfort has not fought in the 205 lbs division in five years, as he dropped to 185 to compete in the middleweight division. He is a sizeable underdog in the fight. This along with the much anticipated Brian Stann versus Michael Bisping fight and some good Canadian contenders like Sean Pierson and Mitch Gagnon the card is back in full force and my excitement levels are as high as they've ever been!
The countdown continues... Three and a half weeks to go!