At UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera Dana White announced that whoever looked most impressive and like they wanted it most would get the title shot. Lyoto Machida finished Ryan Bader in the second round and claimed the title shot.
Jones defends his title at UFC 151 on September 1st against former PRIDE and Strikeforce Champion Dan Henderson. Jones stated that his focus is on Henderson but admits that he doesn’t want the rematch with Machida.
“I don’t want to fight Lyoto Machida,” Jones said. “He was my lowest pay-per-view draw of last year.”
“No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida. I don’t want to fight Lyoto again. Lyoto is high risk and low reward.”
“He’s a tough fighter, but no one wants to buy that fight.”
“Between (Mauricio) Shogun (Rua), (Quinton) Rampage (Jackson) and Rashad (Evans), Lyoto was my lowest draw. Why would I want to fight someone where it’s a lose-lose situation? “I won’t make money on it. And he’s a tricky fighter.”
The champion Jones faced Machida at UFC 140 and finished him in the second round leaving him concious on the canvas. When asked if he will accept the offer from UFC Officials to rematch Machida the champion was non-committal.
“I don’t even know,” Jones said. “I don’t know how to answer that right now.”
Jones admitted before he left that it was not appropriate for him to be talking about Machida and stated that his focus is on Dan Henderson.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to be talking about fighting anybody but Dan Henderson,” Jones said. “I’m clearly focused on Dan Henderson. I’m not overlooking Dan.”
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