Iv seen them cut fighters who took fights on short notice. It doesn't happen often, you are right, but it does happen. Dotn ask for an example because i cant think of one in recent memory. The only reason i remember is because there were a few threads on it when it happened.
Only reason im saying something is because i believe you should not state it as if that were fact, since its not.
I do agree that Machida would not have been anywhere near being cut.
Ok...as far as i know, i heaven't heard of examples of fighters being cut after taking fights on short notice.
My point was: a fighter like Machida would have been nowhere near a cut with a loss against Evans - unless ---> scenario: fights Evans - loses - in post fight interview he says: "f*uck the UFC and Dana for forcing me to take this fight" or "f*ck the fans who talked shit about me before the fight"
Other than that, i think it would have been impossible to cut him.
But his value would have gone down tremendously though and there is a chance he has some personal/injuries going on right now. So not only could he be physically hurt BUT taking a fight on short notice and not feeling 100%, can be a serious mind ****.
People just need to realize there is alot of stuff going on in these guys lives that we have no clue about. Its not all black/white.
I agree on the bolded part.
Going in a fight not 100% is stupid.
These guys don't have to prove anything to anyone, especially when they're not 100% healthy.
Fans are sick of discovering post fight stories of "ghost injuries" and "going in the fight with personal problems and *demons*".
Those type of scenarios should be reserved for Hollywod only.
But...at the same time, Machida could have acted like Jackson, when he was offered the title shot against Shogun. And Jackson declined the fight on a 6 weeks notice! Plus s title shot!!!
And (reasonable) people didn't say anything.
Machida could have easily said: "sorry but i can't. I'm not in shape, not 100% ready. I need at least "?" weeks time to put in a decent camp. Plus the weight cut...etc"
And people (reasonable) would have understood the situation.
Just a thought.
Ohhh well: Machida knows what's best for him.
The only thing I disagree with the original article is that there was no pay off for Machida if he won - he probably would have got the title shot and the UFC would love him forever for stepping in at short notice.
LOL...i hope you're being sarcastic here.
I wouldn't call a title shot a "no pay off" + Dana loving him 'til the end of time...