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Lyoto Machida: It Was My Fighters Heart Against My Professional Mind

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Amid the scramble to find a replacement for an injured Phil Davis at UFC 133, UFC turned to former champion Lyoto Machida. It seemed set at first, with Dana White confident that Machida was stepping up. But it turned out that the only way Machida was accepting the short notice bout with Rashad Evans was if UFC opened up their ever fattening wallet.

After eventually finding Tito Ortiz to fight Evans in UFC 133 main event, UFC president Dana White let it be known that Machida was asking for "Anderson Silva money." Now, speaking to TATAME.com, Machida reveals his take on the situation:

“UFC invited me for a bout with three weeks in advance and I said I wouldn’t take it since the beginning. I wasn’t prepared for it, it’d be against my own principles of professionalism, against what my family and team believe, and didn’t want me to fight." Said former Light Heavyweight champion Machida.

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Post #1   7/16/11 6:56:49PM   

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I think the UFC pays Tito a lot of $, because he does bigger numbers on ppv and seats sold.

Post #2   7/16/11 7:04:34PM   

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Ugh enough Machida, just say you tried to hold out for more money and your bluff was called.

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Post #3   7/16/11 7:18:05PM   

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I don't know how anyone can criticize Machida for this

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Posted by DeadHead988

I don't know how anyone can criticize Machida for this



No we should lynch the world class fighter for not stepping up short notice without a pay increase. Despite already being underpaid for a world class fighter that has a cult following larger than rashads.

Post #5   7/17/11 3:07:57PM   

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Posted by DeadHead988

I don't know how anyone can criticize Machida for this



No we should lynch the world class fighter for not stepping up short notice without a pay increase. Despite already being underpaid for a world class fighter that has a cult following larger than rashads.



Back in the cage, Machida!

Something tells me someone doesn't want Machida-Franklin II to be set up, and it ain't Machida. I don't think Franklin wants any part of the Black House. Hell, I don't think Dana would want that fight. It would probably be a replay of their first match, and then people would be calling for Ace to hang it up.

Post #6   7/17/11 3:21:42PM   

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Posted by DeadHead988

I don't know how anyone can criticize Machida for this

I'm not gonna criticize him, but I'm Damn well not gonna give him props either. Guys are asked all the time to step up and fight on short notice, the real fighters are the ones that fight anyone ANY time

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Post #7   7/19/11 9:35:14PM