Dana White Explains Reason For Picking Vitor Belfort, Not Chael Sonnen, To Fight Jon Jones At UFC 152

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Dana White arrives at the TUF Australia Launch Party on July 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

People who are "out of their minds" are starting to "aggravate the shit" out of Dana White.

After the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President made the unpopular decision to cancel the UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which was scheduled to go down earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, a lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were asking the same question.

Why is UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones fighting Vitor Belfort?

After all, Chael Sonnen was more than willing to step in for Dan Henderson on super-short notice when "Hendo" got hurt, so why not just keep that match-up in place for the revamped UFC 152 fight card, which goes down in just over a week in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?

White explains how it all unfolded during yesterday's conference call, after the jump.

"I can tell you this: People talk a lot of shit, but nobody jumps around to fight Jon Jones right now. Guys were out there saying, 'I want the title shot next,' but when it came time for them to get the title shot, they turned it down. Vitor Belfort is the only guy, he called up Lorenzo Fertitta and said, 'I want this fight with Jon Jones so bad.' We respect that. We like that. So, Vitor got the fight. Chael Sonnen didn't have enough time to train for that fight. You know, Chael stepped up last minute, accepted the fight and everything else. I have nothing but respect for him for doing it. But, Vitor Belfort was already in camp. Vitor was training. Vitor begged for the fight. And it made more sense…. Guys who were next in line for the fight wanted nothing to do with it. Don't watch it. Don't watch it! If you don't like this fight, which is going to be a great fight, don't watch it…. For anyone to doubt Vitor Belfort getting a shot at Jon Jones, they're out of their minds…. It starts to aggravate the shit out of me."

I guess Dan Henderson won't be watching.

"The Phenom" was originally scheduled to face off against Alan Belcher for a spot in the middleweight title chase as part of the UFC 153 event next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "The Talent" fractured his spine (his words, not mine) and wouldn't have been able to compete anyway.

Opportunity is knocking for Vitor Belfort ... will you be purchasing the PPV to see if he answers the door?

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