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Dana White Announces Jones-Machida for UFC 140; Rashad Evans Odd Man Out Again

(Now Lyoto’s the swagger jacker)

Well, we were right in our prediction that the hand injury Rashad Evans incurred in his UFC 133 win over Tito Ortiz in August would likely lead to him being screwed out of another title shot.

UFC president Dana White announced today via Twitter that UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will defend his title for the second time on December 10 in the main event of UFC 140 at the at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto when he takes on Lyoto Machida.

What’s interesting about the bout is that Machida is 1-2 in his past three fights including back-to-back losses to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He won his last bout against Randy Couture in the UFC’s first show in Toronto in April, but considering the fact that Couture retired after the bout, you wouldn’t think the win would equate to a title shot.

That’s not to say that the bout won’t be an entertaining one or that “The Dragon’s” unorthodox karate won’t present a challenge for Jones. It should be a great fight and the only person who likely won’t be looking forward to it is Evans, especially if Lyoto wins.




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tthriller- October 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm
to all Rashad nuthugers . . . . Machida will beat Jones . . and then Rashad will get his title fight . . . only to be humiliated AGAIN by Machida.

Seriously thogh . . . you people seem to think that Rashad is some how more deserving of a title shot than Machida, thats just moronic.

Can't wait for this fight . . . its a lot more exciting match-up than Rashad vs Jones

WAR Machida
ringjoker80- October 7, 2011 at 10:08 am
i knew this fight was going to happen. this will be a great fight. bones is still going beat suga regardless because he ruined bones special night twice. if you notice all the champions in ufc are watching other champions. so all the champions now do not want to be the first to lose their belt. bones vs the dragon will be an epic ufc battle mark it down...
KarmaAteMyCat- October 7, 2011 at 7:26 am
I am very good sir thanks for asking.
guelph gym- October 7, 2011 at 12:40 am
a movie will be made shortly after
guelph gym- October 7, 2011 at 12:37 am
this fight was made because machida and segal are mad that jones wouldnt let segal in his dressing room so machida and segal went to dana for this fight saying that jones shouldve had more respect for stevie because he is a great fighter of his time so now we have a bigger grudge match cause seagal is involved its politicsso steve will show him a secret something and have a dream like he does every fight he predictsand dont forget hes always right when he has a vision to bad it will have jones in it
Todd M- October 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm
I think Lyoto poses the biggest threat to Jones' title out of anyone in the UFC's 205 roster. Machida's unorthodox style may expose a few flaws in Jones' game and I think a lot of people are discounting Lyoto's speed. Also from a wrestling perspective Lyoto has never been taken down, I think?, due to his sumo training and elusive footwork, and if Jones had trouble taking Page down he is going to have a lot more trouble with Lyoto. Still Jones' is the champ and also the most dynamic man in mma right now so I would give him the advantage but I really believe that of the current contendors Machida is the biggest threat to Jones' belt.
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stopdrinkingpee- October 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm
I actually love this matchup. Machida presents a unique challenge for Jones, and I'm interested to see how he handles it. Also, let's be real: Machida beat Rampage, he just got Garcia-ed out of the decision.

Rashad is getting dicked around though.
peacexxl- October 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm
Seriously? No one recognizes that this is just DW looking to screw Rashad at every turn just because he didn't bend to his will and the snap of a his fingers like 2 years ago! Fighters are just pawns to White. Every division he has is deep enough for team mates to never have to fight each other, but it is important to him that he knows he can make his puppets dance. This is just a display of what happens when fighters try to think for themselves.
RwilsonR- October 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm
That gif would be funnier if superimposed at a restroom at a highway rest stop.
J3t- October 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm
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Sagiemonster52- October 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm
exect4500 Says:

Thu, 10/06/11 - 11:45

Remember the Machida era? ya me either.

J3t- October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm
I don't think a 24 year old is gonna get by from making threats to Dana White.... #justsayin
bitteralex- October 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm
wow.. just wow... so if i understand this correctly.. the ufc couldn't hold off on the title fight for another month so rashad would have time to get ready for the fight? Instead they give it to machida who was, just recently, in danger of losing his job... ufc logic at its finest!

the conspiracy theorist part of me thinks that jones demanded another fight before the end of the year so he could again duck rashad....
the realist part of me thinks that dana just really fucking hates rashad...
J3t- October 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm
Rashad has a glass jaw...that isn't going to fair well with elbows flying from hell
fiftyfortyfive- October 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Rashad is the only top LHW that can beat Jones... Dana just wants the LHW division to be stable for a little longer. Doesn't want his poster boy to get fucked up by Rashads speed(which Rampage obviously didnt have), wrestling(which none of Jones's opponents had), power, and blackness. Sure Rashad got knocked out by Machida, but Machida was a fucking anomaly! Shogun showed every fighter Machida's weakness.
RaginAsian- October 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm
They brought this on themselves, bringing ol' Shad into the cage post-fight. I'm betting they do it again in December and Herb Dean goes out with a dislocated thumb.
newdeal- October 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Bones wants quick fights so he can get a bigger contract while he is still young and earn more cash, he still has 5 fights on his current contract
KidDinomite- October 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm
I guess people are forgetting that Machida has only been knocked out once in his career, doesn't have the head trauma that a guy like Liddell has and also that he deserved the win against Rampage (even Rampage thought so). Also people are forgetting that Machida has the best pound for pound fighter in the world as a training partner who has the same body as Jones and can mimic his style pretty much dead on. If anything, Jones WILL be tested in this fight guaranteed.
the silver hawaiian- October 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm
My previous post would like to buy a C, to be placed before 'reature.'
the silver hawaiian- October 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm
I'm a frequent defender of DW and the UFC, .. But this is a douchebag fight, douchebag move.

Seriously, 1-2 in your last 3, that sole win coming against [a legend, albeit] a guy for whom that fight was the last before retirement, win or lose.

So, who next for Evans?

Evans, BTW, who holds 3 wins in his last 3 fights, over the former challenger, the guy who was said to be a potential next-in-line-challenger with a win over Evans, and a guy with horse urine.

Is this because he hasn't yet beaten the guy/reature from the Old Spice commercial?
TKRomeo- October 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Add this to the slowly growing list of fights we will never see, along with St. Pierre vs Anderson Silva, and Robocop vs Terminator.
El Guapo- October 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Hey J3t, it's me, Ignacio Rodolfo Sanchez MiraMira mi Cola, AKA your father. Ask mamacita who invented the Dirty Sanchez. Make sure you're sitting down though, Mijo. Papa loves you.
skeletor- October 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm
Actually El Guapo Jones father is a 1940's jazz musician, that is why he snitches on people for smoking the heefer.
El Guapo- October 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm
I actually think Lyoto's elusiveness will give Bones trouble. Well, maybe not trouble, but SOMETHING. It's not like Jones bum rushes dudes so maybe he'll get a little impatient and leave himself open trying to force the action.
That and the Dragon has Steven Seagal in his corner. He's Bones' father, incase you didn't know. He also invented MMA.