Jon Jones is catching some flak for his comments on a potential rematch with Lyoto Machida.
The light-heavyweight champion, who will defend the belt against Dan Henderson at UFC 151, says he is not interested in fighting the Brazilian gain - not because he beat him decisively last year, but because the pay-per-view sales weren’t up to scratch.
One of the bonuses of being a UFC champion is a cut of the pay-per-view revenue when you fight. If the event sells big, you are in clover - which is why Anderson really isn’t mad at Sonnen - but if it doesn’t then its a big disappointment.
“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 told ESPN.com
“He's a tough fighter, but no one wants to buy that fight.”
Jones’ assessment is actually right in tune with what has been said on the forums but his frankness has caught the fan base on the hop. Faced with a mirror of their own comments they have, ironically, largely chosen to criticise him for not being keen on the rematch.
If they do fight again, the fight will probably sell better than the first one just because of the prospect of a decisive finish. Their first match ended with Jones catching Machida in a standing guillotine and then letting him fall to the floor unconscious.
But there will be no rematch if Dan Henderson has his way. The former Pride FC champion intends to plant his trademark ‘H-Bomb’ right hand on Jones’ jaw and we are all keen to see if Jones’ chin can pass such a test. We will find out on September 1.