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Old 08-24-2012, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lyoto Machida issues a statement through his manager over decision to decline title f

Speaking via MMAJunkie.com, Soares said:

“Lyoto wants nothing more to be champion once again. Unfortunately, a rematch with Jon Jones doesn’t just mean another shot at the title. A second loss to the champion means you have to completely reinvent yourself. It just happened to Chael Sonnen and Frankie Edgar. It happened in the past with B.J. Penn and Rich Franklin. Lyoto believes he has a great chance to beat Jon Jones the next time they fight, but he also wants an opportunity to come into the fight at full strength. Jon Jones is a great champion, and we would never disrespect him by assuming we could beat him with any less than our best effort. And Lyoto believes he owes it to himself, to Jon, and to the fans to be fully prepared the next time he steps into cage.”

“When we were offered the chance to fight Jones again at UFC 152 in Toronto, I discussed it with Lyoto, and he said it just wasn’t enough time. We asked if the fight could be moved back a few weeks to UFC 153. Unfortunately, the UFC wanted the fight to take place in Toronto. Lyoto just wants to know whatever happens in a rematch with Jon Jones that he gave his absolute best performance. Going in there at less than full strength and coming up short could mean Lyoto would be forced to reinvent himself in another division despite believing in his heart that he can still be light-heavyweight champion. That could be a thorn in his side for the rest of his life, and nobody wants to go through that.”

“Lyoto is happy with the decision he made, and I think Dana understands his position, as well. When Lyoto gets another shot at the belt, he wants to make sure he’s putting his best foot forward. He knows he made some mistakes in that first fight with Jon, and he’s looking forward to correcting them. When Lyoto does get his shot, I promise you’re going to see the best Lyoto Machida you’ve ever seen.”

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