Posted 7/4/07 4:41:00AM
Lyoto Machida wants nothing more than to get a second chance to face Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title, but he also wants to be fully prepared.
Following Dan Henderson’s injury that forced him out of UFC 151, Jon Jones was left in the midst of a shuffle of opponents, eventually shifting to UFC 152 on Sept. 22. It was Machida that got the first call to step in and face him in Toronto.
Machida was afforded the rematch with Jones after knocking out Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 in early August, but never imagined the fight would come together so quickly.
Ultimately, Machida opted to pass on the title shot on short notice because he knows that a second loss to Jones would essentially mean never getting another crack at the belt so long as he holds it.
Posted 1/20/09 12:59:00PM
I questioned his decision when I first heard he turned it down but reading this has made me understand his decision.
It's a big one that could backfire if he loses his next fight but I can see the reasoning I mean a drop down is kind of pointless while Anderson is champ down there.
Posted 3/10/11 4:01:00PM
Let him fight Gustaffson
Posted 1/27/12 10:34:00PM
what i'd really like to know is if machida is drinking his pee every day ?
and yes kingsmasher i like the idea of gustaffson vs machida, the mauler has improved striking and interesting to see how machida goes against a guy with similiar reach to jones.
Posted 10/11/07 4:18:00PM
Totally makes sense.
He is probably only going to get 1 more shot, at least while JJ is the champion.
Why risk your last shot at the title on a short notice fight?