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Jon Jones Doesn’t Want to Fight Lyoto Machida, if That’s Cool with Everyone

Five rounds against Machida could save you five percent or more on UFC PPVs.

As flawless as UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has looked inside the Octagon, he’s looked just as imperfect outside of it. There’s his unchecked arrogance, his ”You never have to worry about me with a DWI or doing something crazy” comment just weeks before his DUI arrest and his brutal honesty about potential opponents. Basically, Jon Jones does everything in his power outside of the cage to make it hard for most fans to celebrate his in-sport accomplishments.

Which is why most of you won’t be too surprised to learn that just two weeks before his Light-Heavyweight title defense against the legendary Dan Henderson at UFC 151, Jones delivered some pretty harsh words for his next opponent, Lyoto Machida. In an interview with, Jones stated that “The Dragon” doesn’t deserve a rematch with him, not so much because he isn’t a competent fighter, but because Machida won’t get the fans to buy pay-per-views. In his own words:

“I don’t want to fight Lyoto Machida. 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.”

In a strange way, Jones’ comments are refreshing and, dare I say, admirable. Even when most of us are rolling our eyes at the notion of spending money on a fight, we still expect the fighters involved to deliver pre-packaged, blatantly false statements about how excited they are for it. At the very least, Jones is actually being honest with us about how he feels about fighting Lyoto Machida a second time. Especially considering a highly marketable, very personal fight against Chael Sonnen may be on the horizon.

That being said…ARE YOU FOR SERIOUSLY, BRO?!

The guy who is bringing in global Nike sponsorship money is worried that he won’t make any money on a rematch with Lyoto Machida? The same guy who, up until his highly anticipated clash against Rashad Evans, was a weak PPV draw himself for the UFC? The same guy who also won’t fight Anderson Silva because losing is bad for business? Cash rules everything around me, indeed.

When asked whether or not he will agree to fight Machida if he makes it past Dan Henderson, Jon Jones doesn’t exactly get some fans with his reply:

“I don’t even know. I don’t know how to answer that right now.”

Look, no one is accusing you of ducking a rematch against Machida. But when you talk about how you don’t want to fight him because he’s “a tricky fighter” who won’t get the fans to buy PPVs, and then tell a reporter that you don’t even know whether or not you’ll agree to the fight that your boss has already promised fans, then let’s just say that the first sentence of this paragraph is more than likely obsolete by now.

Interestingly enough, the article on ends on this note:

“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.”




  1. NinjaVanish Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 11:57

    "Lyoto is high risk and low reward" Welcome to MMA
  2. Dmonicideals Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 12:25

    I'm of the opinion that Jon is saying dumb shit like this because he IS focused on Hendo, and was off guard when asked about Machida. You say Jon "stated" he didn't want to fight. Was he, perchance, asked a question that precipitated the response? Or did he just nonchalantly announce this in the middle of the interview? People are reading too much into this, Jones WILL fight Machida if it's the fight offered AFTER he beats Hendo.
  3. algiersheadkick504 Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 12:52

    fuck it after the henderson fight if he wins he needs move up to heavyweight and feed him to overeem and winner (aka overeem) fights jds/cain....most likely jds
  4. bitteralex Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 02:13

    I'm of the opinion that Dmonicideals opinion is completely wrong and he needs to get off Jones' nuts.. Aside from that, is anyone else tired of the champs picking and choosing who they fight? You're the champ... you should fight whoever the hell DW puts in front of you (no matter how crazy). Silva, Jones, and to a lesser extent Condit, are all guilty of this. Atleast Silva has earn some currency in that regard, being arguably the greatest ever. He's held the title for years and had to suffer through the Cotes and the Leites, plus dude's like 37 or something, so we should probably give him a little leeway. Jones is not Silva. But it seems like he thinks he is.
  5. holeeball Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 02:15

    "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. --Philippians 4:13" Yes, that includes drunk driving, fuckers.
  6. dranokills Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 02:30

    finally , all you Jones nuthuggers are getting a dose of what I been calling him since before he fought Matt Hammill. He's a piece of shit, he was then, and now he has a shiny belt he is an even bigger piece of shit. His MMA is spastic fucktardness, just like his butthole buddy Anderson "the dancing machine" Silva. If George st Pierre was bigger, he could beat both of these morons. If Mr bigmouth doesn't want to fight, fine, strip the belt from his candyass and lets move on.
  7. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 02:50

    Maybe it's reverse psychology.
  8. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 02:51

    He needs to rematch the only man he can't beat: Bentley Telephonepolski.
  9. dipsetkilla316 Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 03:20

    Dranokills ur a fucking retart u no shit about mma dont get mad couse ur boys getting rapped by jones and anderson and y dose machida always fight once and get a shot at the title jones murked his stand back and wait to counter ass y would he fight him agian especially the fact machida beat 1 guy to get the shot again and how is he a piece of shit couse he wins all the time by that logic pual benentello is the nicest guy ever becouse he blow monkey dick i mean come on with these jones and anderson haters like fick off couse the guy u wanted to win lost GET OVER IT PUSSYS!!!
  10. amsterdamheavy Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 03:36

    what a fucking idiot - learn2english
  11. smellypiratehooker Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 03:38

    Well I'm glad that we can agree on one thing J. Jones. I don't want you to fight Machida either, I want Henderson to.
  12. RSparrow Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 04:02

    @dipsetkilla, because of your lack of the English language, your entire post was ignored. @drano, I can agree with the over hype of A. Silva. I know he's a beast, but for some reason I think that stann, Weidman, or belcher can and will take him out soon. Stann can bum rush with as much intensity as Chael, but back it up with powerful and effective striking. I know I'll catch shit, but that's what this sections for. Bones on the other hand is a little douchey and hypocritical , but is my absolute favorite to watch for being an absolute monster in the cage. If Hendo can't take him out, there is absolutely no one that will at lhw even though i sense a little fear with Machida. Don't even wanna hear this Gustafson shit. Side note: drano, can you put another link again on live results for hendo/jones, since they decided to fist everyone's assholes with an undercard.
  13. eatthecage Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 04:21

    Okay, I'm champ. Now how can add this already gigantic amount of pressure? I got it! How about I get the UFC fanbase to pray for my demise! Let's see here... Take some arrogance and splash in little bit of fame to the dome. Now all I have to do roll my eyes a few more reporter as I let my insecurity of losing make me a less exciting fighter. Way to overestimate me critics.
  14. SethF Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 04:29

    I'll do you a favor and ignore your semantics boner. You're welcome. But let's not act like he was "off guard" when asked a question about Machida. It's been a very public fact that the winner is fighting Machida since before the dust even settled after UFC on Fox 4. To say that he was just so unprepared for a question about Machida that he'd produce a response like that is laughable, at best. And besides, he's a top fighter. We don't exactly want our top fighters to say "But he's a tricky fight!" when asked a question about _anybody_ in his weight class in the first place.
  15. OnlyHuman Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 04:30

    After attending AA and watching the Badar fight, Jon has realized that "chasing the dragon" could be adverse to his health.
  16. dranokills Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 04:39

    hey dipshitkilla did you notice all those thumbs down you got for your ignorant rant? I think your stupidity isn't worth replying to , and it seems no one else does as well. Enjoy your time over at bloodyvagina, where you you belong.
  17. dranokills Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 04:46

    Yeah RSparrow I can provide that link during the 151 results. also I can put it here right now, and you can bookmark it and keep it, and use it on that case Im not around. enjoy bro.
  18. JohnyBonezNmoans Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 05:27

    I agree with everything you said but the Stann argument. IMO both Weidman and Belcher have a better shot at the spider. Still, both get put into cardiac arrest (this next year anyways) by the black widow
  19. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 05:33

    @ DranoTastesReallyBad Yo- thanks for the links. You rock. You should hear the ridiculous shit Mauro and Shamrock are saying. Mauro's calling the six sided cage an octagon, Shamrock is calling jumping switch kicks nice wrestling. Tweedledim and Tweedledimmer are lucky Miletich is there to babysit them.
  20. JohnyBonezNmoans Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 05:40

    Jonesatar is a little cunt for this. how the fuck are you gonna be respected by other fighters and true fans who hear this shit. You take some kind of high road and won't fight the only person who has taken a round from you????? because it's not right for business, gtfo. GOD let that grizzled old man find a chin for the almighty H-bomb and put this douche to rest...AMEN
  21. JohnyBonezNmoans Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 05:52

    Sadly, I don't see any other threats to Jones other than Machida on the horizon... Isn't Cain a smaller heavyweight?? MAYBE just maybe, he cuts down a weight class after his loss to the lion king for the second time. Then, now resembling a terrifying/real life bobble head doll can out wrestle the champ to a decision, while incaving his sternum with that GIANT dome...just some thoughts
  22. enrikk Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 06:50

    Anderson Silva is not a black widow, he's a brown recluse. Just sayin.
  23. Grandmas Nutmeg Says:

    Sat, 08/18/12 - 09:38

    Dear Jon "DUI" Jones, Man the fuck up, you're a fighter not Donald Trump. Who cares if Lyoto won't bring as many people he is still a legitimate threat and you're the champ. You wanna bring more PPV buys in? Here is a thought, talk about how you're going to steamroll him in every interview you do (proper etiquette and respect be DAMNED), make sure every interview includes a side rant about how Brazil is a 3rd world shit hole and you're gonna send every Brazilian fighter back to the slums where they belong, finally talk about how you and your homies are going to run a 36hr train on Lyoto's wife regardless of how homely she is. Stop being a ball-less piece of shit, and be an arrogant piece of shit, most of us hate you anyways. Sincerely, Someone who would step the fuck up to anyone who tried to take my championship belt.
  24. DanFitPro Says:

    Sun, 08/19/12 - 07:36

    Jones needs to shut his mouth and fight whoever the best challenger is, not who he wants to choose for his pocket book. Jones: lose the diva attitude you piece of shit
  25. ringjoker80 Says:

    Sun, 08/19/12 - 12:33

    as a true mma fan all i care about is what these fighters do in the octagon.
  26. VengeVega Says:

    Sun, 08/19/12 - 07:46

    Agreed. But it is relevant that he's looking past Hendo. Egos can lead to defeat. And Bones doesn't have many weaknesses..
  27. Mofo Says:

    Mon, 08/20/12 - 11:57

    I just want to confess that I've been defending Jones all along. This bullshit is indefensible and really offensive. What a fucktard. Fuck him. After all his talk of being a true martial artist now he's refusing a number one contender because he won't get enough of the back end? Go join the bullshit world of boxing, asshole. Where you would get trounced by people who really know how to use their hands and didn't learn it on youtube.
  28. HEY Says:

    Mon, 08/20/12 - 06:44

    Don't worry, Brones. After Hendo puts you to sleep, fighting Machida will be all up to him, not you. ^_^
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