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marcthegame 08-24-2012 06:17 PM

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.”

http://mmajunkie.com/news/30363/mach...wn-rematch.mma

hitcat 08-24-2012 06:34 PM

Sounds about right. Didn't want to see a rematch between them on short notice anyway.

Budhisten 08-24-2012 06:37 PM

I can understand Machida not wanting his second shot at Jones being or (relative) short notice...

If you've lost to a guy once you want to be prepared for a rematch.

LL 08-24-2012 06:57 PM

I wasn't sure if he'd be so willing to take this fight on short notice since the first Jones fight was on short notice.

Glad he's not making the same mistake twice.

locnott 08-24-2012 07:22 PM

I can't see why anyone would have a problem with his decision.

Toxic 08-24-2012 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by locnott (Post 1620134)
I can't see why anyone would have a problem with his decision.

The UFC just lost a ton of money on UFC 151 and were looking for guys to step up and try and recoup some of that cost.

I think some people look at his like some rec sports thing were you can look out for #1 but the UFC is a buisiness and these guys are employee's. In peoples regular lives how many times does your boss ask you to do the company a favor and go above and beyond your regular duties or hours? I know personally it happens often and your know what most people step up and help out because that's how you get ahead in life. Maybe some fighters need a blue collar work ethic.

No_Mercy 08-24-2012 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Toxic (Post 1620143)
The UFC just lost a ton of money on UFC 151 and were looking for guys to step up and try and recoup some of that cost.

I think some people look at his like some rec sports thing were you can look out for #1 but the UFC is a buisiness and these guys are employee's. In peoples regular lives how many times does your boss ask you to do the company a favor and go above and beyond your regular duties or hours? I know personally it happens often and your know what most people step up and help out because that's how you get ahead in life. Maybe some fighters need a blue collar work ethic.

Bingo!

rabakill 08-24-2012 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toxic (Post 1620143)
Maybe some fighters need a blue collar work ethic.

look where it got chael sonnen, 2 title fight shots in 2 months.

Toxic 08-24-2012 10:02 PM

Look at Dan miller his willingness to take any fight anytime keeps him around no matter his win loss record


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LL 08-24-2012 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Toxic (Post 1620192)
Look at Dan miller his willingness to take any fight anytime keeps him around no matter his win loss record


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Dan Miller's not really in the same position Machida is though.

He took the first fight against Jones on short notice, and he lost, this could very well be his last crack at the LHW title so he wants a full training camp to make sure he's at his very best and leaves it all in the Octagon.


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