Jones: Belfort a tougher opponent than Sonnen

Jon Jones says he won’t be celebrating if he beats Vitor Belfort by a 48-47 decision at UFC 152 tomorrow night, even though he has enormous respect for the Brazilian.

Jones defends his light-heavyweight belt against a man who has proven over the past 15 years that he can end bouts in one punch. Jones is glowing in his praise of Belfort.

“Vitor is a legend in every shape, form of the word. He won a UFC tournament at the age of 19 – that’s unheard of. To still be here at the top of the food chain all these years later, that’s unbelievable,” Jones said.

“I think Vitor Belfort is a tougher opponent all-round than Dan Henderson or Chael Sonnen. He has phenomenal tactics, and he also has the power to end it in one punch.

“When people question my heart for not fighting Chael Sonnen, it totally disproves that by the fact I’m fighting a much better fighter, a much more dangerous opponent, a two-weight world champion – Sonnen’s not even near Vitor Belfort.”

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