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TSN. Tom Brady Jersey .cas MMA staff takes a look
at some of the hottest issues in the world of mixed martial arts. 1) Is the UFC
making the right move having Jon Jones fight Vitor Belfort at the UFC 152 in
Toronto? James Lynch, TSN.ca  Im glad well be seeing Jon Jones on the Toronto
card to finally add some star power to the event. This is definitely the right
move and having an exciting middleweight like Vitor Belfort move up and take the
fight is exactly what the Toronto event needed. Its also interesting because
Belfort hasnt fought at light heavyweight since his 2007 Cage Rage victory over
James Zikic, and it will be interesting to see how his power and speed
translate. Other things to consider are that at 41 years of age, Dan Henderson
may be on the shelf for a while, and the right thing for the UFC and Dan
Henderson is take their time with his injury while keeping Jones active. While
on paper the Jones vs. Belfort match favors the current champion (in terms of
his height and reach advantage), Belfort has knockout power, and is a much more
thrilling matchup than Lyoto Machida, who was rumored to face Jones on this card
initially. Justin Boone, TSN.ca – As someone who resides in Toronto, I am
definitely happy that the UFC has added more muscle to the upcoming event.
However, I feel the move was made out of necessity. The promotion had no other
event to slot the championship bout into. UFC 153 already has a title fight at
the top with Jose Aldo now taking on Frankie Edgar in what should be an exciting
fight. Waiting any longer only pushes back the next light heavyweight title
fight, so Jones slides on top of the Toronto card and fans in Ontario get a
chance to see him defend his title once again. While the card might look better
on paper, the choice of opponent for Jones is highly questionable. Last time
Belfort faced an elite opponent, he was violently knocked out in the first round
by Anderson Silva. Jones is a bigger fighter, with a seven-inch reach advantage
over Silva and a 10-inch reach advantage over Belfort. In the first meeting
between Machida and Jones, at least Machida was able to remain competitive in
the first round before being submitted a round later. Sonnen would at least
entertain us with words before succumbing to the champions talent. Both Machida
and Sonnen were much better options than Belfort. There is a reason why Belfort
is a massive underdog in this bout and yes, in the UFC anything can happen, but
its awfully hard to challenge for the title when you dont present a challenge at
all. 2) Did Jon Jones make the right choice by turning down a title defense
against Chael Sonnen at UFC 151? Boone – I guess this is the part where we pile
on Jones for forcing the UFC to actually cancel a pay-per-view. I feel like the
overwhelming majority of people would say that Jones made a mistake by declining
a fight on short notice to save the event, but I also believe that Jones is
paying the price for his decision. The light heavyweight champions popularity
has taken a significant turn for the worse as Sonnen used the move to launch an
all out assault on Twitter. While Jones decision may have been a bad one for his
image, it could ultimately be a great turn of events for the UFC. Its been well
documented that Jones pay-per-view numbers have suffered, perhaps because he has
been so dominant in his short time in the octagon. Regardless, fans may tune in
now in hopes of seeing the king get knocked off his throne. Sonnen has done his
best to berate Jones and assuming the main event at UFC 152 goes like the
oddsmakers expect it to, there could be a fight between Jones and Sonnen in the
cards after all. Lynch
 Jones shouldnt dictate who he fights, leave that up to
matchmaker Joe Silva and the UFC. Youre the champion, and you should be taking
on all comers, regardless of the fact that Sonnen doesnt deserve a title shot
(going 2-2 in his last four fights and none at light heavyweight). Dana White
revealed on the conference call that Jones coach Greg Jackson believed if Jones
had taken the fight it would have been “the biggest mistake of his career”.
Really? So an opponent who fights at middleweight, coming off a brutal loss and
clearly has a size disadvantage is a risk for Jones? I dont think so. Clearly
Jones would have a variety of advantages including a full training camp, where
as Sonnen would be taking a fight on a weeks notice. Im also pretty sure the UFC
would have given Jones a nice payday if money was a concern. The irony about
this whole situation is Jones recently stated that he didnt want a fight with
Lyoto Machida in the near future because its not “a big money fight”. Not only
would a fight with Sonnen have been a big money fight but Jones has been
rescheduled to fight Belfort, which is a much greater challenge than Sonnen
posed. On top of all this, his boss is disappointed he turned down the fight and
all the UFC 151 fighters had their bouts cancelled (first time in UFC history)
because of his selfish attitude. Luckily many of the UFC 151 fighters have had
their bouts rescheduled. 3) Does Frankie Edgar deserve the title shot hes been
given against Jose Aldo at UFC 153? Lynch  In any other situation, Id say no,
but in this case I agree with the UFCs decision to pit the former lightweight
champ in a super fight against the Brazilian 145-pound title holder. The New
Jersey native lost not one, but two close fights to Benson Henderson and is
still arguably the second best fighter in the lightweight division. He hasnt
been finished through 18 fights and poses an interesting threat to the Nova Unio
fighter with his wrestling and solid ground game. In addition, the lack of
contenders in the featherweight division is evident, with injuries to Erik Koch
and Chan Sung Jung, and other contenders like Chad Mendes and Mark Hominick have
already lost to the featherweight king. Whats more interesting, is to see how
Edgar will perform at featherweight, as hes revealed he didnt cut any weight
when he was making his run in the 155-pound division. I think this fight has
potential to be fight of the year and Im excited that the UFC is making this
fight sooner rather than later. Boone
 This may be the first time in recent
history that an injury replacement has actually made a UFC main event more
intriguing. Aldo is one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world and he
hasnt been seriously tested in a while. Edgar is more of a contender in the
featherweight division than anyone that could have stepped in otherwise and he
will push the pace on the champion. With two straight close losses in
lightweight title fights, it was going to be a while before the UFC could
justify giving him another shot at the champion, so a move to featherweight and
an instant championship bout is the perfect solution. While the opportunity is
well deserved, Edgar will face the most difficult opponent of his career in
Aldo. The reigning featherweight champ is undefeated in the UFC and hasnt been
beaten in almost seven years. Edgar will try to become only the second man to
ever earn a victory over Aldo. Edgar has gone the distance (five rounds) in five
of his last six fights, with the other bout lasting four rounds. Edgar is
someone who tends to get stronger as the fight goes on and he may get that
chance against Aldo, who has seen the championship rounds in three of his last
five bouts. With Jones and Belfort meeting in the main event at UFC 152, Edgar
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