I am sure that Machida would of fully accepted the title shot if it was his first fight against Jones. Machida has already fought Jones for the title and lost. Coming into a second fight with Jones having a training and preparation disadvantage could end Lyoto at LHW if he lost again.
We saw this with Franklin at MW who lost to Silva twice and earnt a third title shot that couldnt happen.
I can fully understand Machida making this decision with his circumstances.
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