Jones doesn't like Machida rematch

Jones doesn't like Machida rematch
August 18th 2012

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

“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.


  • Daniel Mullally

    Posted at 10:48 on August 20th 2012

    Jones is the rightfully the face of MMA at the moment, devastating too but it is very, very risky for him to be talking about a fight that may not even happen. If he looks beyond Henderson he is a fool. The old man may be getting on a bit but he is a stern test for Bones, and for Jones to have one eye on PPV figures for Machida fight this will only add to Hendersons motivational armoury. Henderson v Machida or Bones v Machida 2 Id buy both!

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  • bill hardy

    Posted at 11:46 on August 20th 2012

    dan henderson is a little old ,but he has a right cross that many a pro fighter would love to have.

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  • isaac claassen

    Posted at 09:29 on August 21st 2012

    what kind of man does not whant to fight someone who has reguested a rematch i ll tell you who a bloody chicken thats who

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