Lyoto Machida Ponders On Possible Punishment Handed Down By The UFC
“It’s hard to say that it exists (a punishment by the UFC). Maybe so, maybe not, perhaps they’re keeping me on the sidelines, but I don’t believe that. I met with Lorenzo Fertitta in Rio and he talked to me, he said what happened was in the past, for me not to worry. But I find myself in a difficult situation, a complicated one, I don’t know if he said that but would act in a different way, or if they’re waiting to make a fight. I am waiting, I want to concentrate in my work and accomplish it with proper time.”
In a later Tweet he stated…
“Hey guys, I think the Octagon only next year”
I pulled these quotes from Bloodyelbow.com in which the writer translates a statement from former light-heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida.
Lyoto, with only two losses to his credit (Shogun and Rampage) has not seen the inside of a cage since he viciously knocked out Randy Couture in their UFC 129 featured attraction this past April. He walked away from the fight injury free and ready to take on all comers in hopes to earn another shot at his lost title.
Fast forward a few months and the UFC reached out to Machida to fight Rashad Evans as a late replacement for an injured Phil Davis. With less than two weeks to prepare, it was Machida and his management that asked for additional compensation from their employer as an incentive for taking such a well respected opponent on such short notice. I believe the quote was, “They asked for Anderson Silva money”.
The UFC declined and Machida has been on the sidelines ever since.
Who knows if it is really a punishment or not? The UFC has been known to be very unforgiving when things do not go their way, but if this is a sign of punishment is keeping one of their biggest talents on the shelf for more than 8-months a reasonable punishment? Is it fair to the fans?
What say you BJPENN.COM?