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Monday, 09/03/2012, 02:55 pm

Machida Explains Reasons for Not Accepting Jones Fight | UFC News


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida decided to turn down an offer to fight down the Jon Jones on Sept. 22.   Machida felt four weeks is an insufficient time to prepare for a fight with the current light heavyweight champion according to the press release sent out through the Black House camp.  Machida states


“I want to serve the UFC and recapture the belt. I always respect my opponent.  For those reasons, I must prepare myself in the manner I believe in.”

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21 Responses to “Machida Explains Reasons for Not Accepting Jones Fight | UFC News”

  1. Tokofeigy says:

    Enough!!!! This is old ass news. Why do we still hear about why he didn’t take the match.

  2. B-rad says:

    ^ they probably wanna show why theres a shitty card coming up and how much better it could be… Who knows though, maybe Vitor will connect on a fast combo and scramble Jones’s brain a bit.

  3. After what happened in his fight with Jones says:

    Machida saw death up close and is afraid to be ill-prepared. Smart move, Karate Kid.

    • Treetrunk says:

      Well.. he lost to Jones once already. He made 1 mistake and Jones caught him. If he loses again to Jones, do you really think he’ll get another shot?! I think it is very smart for machida to prepare properly to fight a BEAST like Jon Jones. Let’s be honest, the kid was born with some crazy genes!

  4. The truth says:

    The last time he prepared he got chocked out, he should of taken the fight n requested a pillow to be carried by the ref at all times during the fight.

  5. mike says:

    “4 weeks is not enough time for me to prepare, but he should
    be able to fight in 8 days” -sincerely please don’t let me get choked again

  6. Sully says:

    Fair enough. People say he should’ve taken him on, but the same people would disregard Machida straight after the fight saying he’s ‘out of the mix’. It makes sense for a challenger to put in the camp and the best he can against a champion. Why blow an opportunity to save a card?

  7. Koby Teeth says:

    UFC needs to cut back the number of fight cards. People are spoiled and now have some kind of self entitlement towards these fighters. I’d rather see two great fight cards a year than twelve sub par cards. The 151 card didn’t fail just because JBJ turned down the fight, the other fights didn’t hold water. Machida doesn’t want to just fight JBJ and have a punchers chance. The people who get on here and talk trash are out of their minds if they want to keep paying money to watch crap cards all of the time. If these guys don’t want to fight that’s up to them if they follow the terms of contract.

  8. KILL GREG JACKSON!!! says:

    So does machida think that having a full camp would make the difference?..we’re all wishing that jones loses to anybody at this point but if you’re someone that follows mma religiously, we all know that jon jones is just too good. That’s why we all want him to fight the spider so he can at least get some real competion. Machida had his chance and he got dominated. He should’ve took the second shot at jones on short notice coz nobody knows when he’ll get that chance again. As far as for jones, we can hate all we want, but 4 weeks or 8 weeks of training for machida really does not make a difference coz jones is just way too good for machida.

  9. DEE says:

    I realized that Warriors will fight and spectators will dream.

  10. Bjj BB says:

    Machida never took any hits from bader and the fight was not that long ago, so from the fight and adding on the three weeks he would of had to prepare for jones was enough time to stay in shape but not enough time to prepare for jbj’s style. Theres more to just going in the gym and pumping weights and doing cardio, but im sure all of you already knew that right?

  11. Bjj BB says:

    @ kill greg jackson!! I thought the same thing about the machida vs jbj fight, i was telling every1 that jbj was winning and simply beat machida, but i re watched the fight from a “not a fan of jbj view” and was really watching what machida was doing and he was winning the fight untill jbj caught him, if they fight again were gonna see a better machida who will play it a bit more safer and fight like he did with bader by staying on the out side and using his defence and counter attacts like he always used to and thats why machida wants more time and why jbj does not really want a rematch but blames it on the low ppv buys.

  12. cobra says:

    I respect his decision, he was talking about moving to middleweight before his last fight and he weighed really light, 201 or 203 I cant remember, but I’m sure he had no idea he’ll be considered the next contender after only one fight and then asked to take on the huge, even for heavyweights, jones on short notice..

    as a fan I didnt want him to fight unprepared and risk losing again to a physically much larger, stronger and more athletic fighter who is less technical, not as skilled and doesnt have as much heart

    it reminds me of the bj- gsp fight but with even more difference in size!!

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