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Lyoto Machida headed for future meeting with Dan Henderson

UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida turned down a fight with Jon Jones with four weeks’ notice understanding that there might be consequences for doing so, and now he knows exactly what they are.  In a conversation with media, UFC President Dana White explained Machida (18-3) will be fighting Dan Henderson (29-8) for the number one contender slot in the light heavyweight division.

“Machida should have taken the fight,” said White (as transcribed by MMAFighting). “We’ve seen it, history always repeats itself. Look how long it took Rashad Evans to fight for the title again. So you wanted to fight Jon Jones, you climbed up to the title fight and you don’t take it. Now you’re fighting (expletive) Dan Henderson.”

Jones still has Vitor Belfort to deal with at UFC 152 in Toronto, but White explained concluded that Machida may never get the chance to fight “Bones” again so long as he holds the divisional strap.

“Now you might not even get to the (expletive) title again,” ranted White. “You lose to Dan Henderson you’re not anywhere near Jon Jones.”

White also provided some detail on his errant announcement about Machida stepping up to face Jones at UFC 152, crediting confusion after Machida’s management expressed confidence the Brazilian would step up to the plate.

“Me and Ed Soares thought Machida would take the fight then he turned the fight down,” explained White.  “The press conference was going to start in minutes and I literally had just got done (expletive) fighting with Jones minutes before that. Now I’m (expletive) talking to Soares and I’m like ‘Machida will take this fight, right?’ Yeah I don’t see why he wouldn’t take it. This is what he’s wanted, he’s been waiting for this fight and has got four weeks to train for it. So I’m like (expletive) it, I’m just going to go with it.”

White nor the UFC have released a proposed date as to when the fight between Henderson-Machida would go down, but it most likely won’t be until early 2013 given their current slate of lineups already looking fairly full. Then again, considering the last few weeks, chances are the two talented 205ers could be headlining a show in November after another strange run of injuries and issues hit the organization.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

6 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    I wonder if really this is more of a punishment for Hendo or Machida though? Machida said he’d take another fight before Jones, that he wanted to take another fight before Jones. Hendo was on the verge of a title shot and now he has to fight Machida instead, a totally different type of fighter. And I’d imagine if (when) he loses to Machida, there goes his title shot chances.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Also like I’ve been harping on in defense of Machida since 151, he took the first fight with Jones on short notice, WHY would he do that again given the results of the last fight?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    This is dumb.

    First off, Machida talked about being open to fight again before his title shot over a month ago, following his KO victory over Bader:

    “It doesn’t matter what is my next fight,” said the 18-3 Machida. “I would like to fight for the title, but even another fight I would fight.”

    Does Dana think this “punishment” will make Machida stomp around & be all pissed off? I’m sure that’s what he expects, cuz that’s how DW behaves himself, but Lyoto’s sole focus is being 100% prepared the next time he gets a title shot. If he has to fight again, so be it.

    Second, and most importantly, in the midst of Dana’s latest little hissy fit he doesn’t seem to properly consider how foolish it would be to put the Jones-Hendo matchup in jeopardy. That’s by far the most compelling matchup for Jones’ next title defense, and if Lyoto knocks off Hendo which could very well happen, all of a sudden Jones-Hendo is out the window.

    At the very least, they should wait to see what happens with the Jones fight next weekend. If a victorious Jones comes away from the fight unscathed, they should book Jones-Hendo for early 2013 and not think twice.

    Hendo is 42 years old for crissakes. If he fights Lyoto first, even with a victory it would be mid/late 2013 by the time he could fight Jones for the title. On top of that, it would likely mean almost a year of inactivity for Jones and the LHW belt (after he fights Vitor). Is that part of Jones’ punishment? Or is he supposed to fight again too, against the Shogun/Gustafsson winner, while old man Dan is headed for his 43rd birthday?

    Dana is talking silly lately, even by his standards. The UFC needs to put a muzzle on that sumbitch and take a step back and do what’s right for the UFC and fans, instead of worrying about punishing fighters, or sending messages to fighters, or whatever bullshit DW is ranting about.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    personally think it could be a shit fight also, Hedno slowly stalking with his right hand cocked while Lyoto evasively runs away. could be pretty dull to watch

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  • drstu says:

    If my boss talked about me and my coworkers like that in front of my face he’d be unconscious. Losing what little respect I have left for the UFC with every new release.

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  • It could be a very boring fight Hindsight, on the other hand, last time Lyoto fought Jones he showed when his swagger gets too high, he runs straight into someones hand(watch the end of the machida Jones fight, Jones didnt tag Lyoto cleanly, Lyoto jumped into Jones’s outstretched paw and damn near Ko’d himself) and if he makes that same mistake against Old Man Dan…..there wont be any need for a choke, He’ll be dead asleep on the canvas.

    I also agree this is a hell of a stupid move on the UFC’s part, Dan vs Jones is the most compelling fight, and from a long time mma fan standpoint, I want to see Dan grip UFC gold before he retires. Can he beat Lyoto? Of course he’s Dan fuckin Henderson, and he can beat anyone any night. But I wont lie its a bad matchup for Henderson.

    Fuck Dana white for settling on Vitor for this upcoming card, it holds zero interest to me(and 80% of the people Ive talked to) if Stann vs Bisping wasnt on this card and the first 125 pound title wasnt on the line, i wouldnt even consider buying it out of spite.
    That being said, I hope either Vitor hits Jones with his usual 50 punches in a row and takes his belt, or Jones does something super cool like a spinning flying somethingorother to make me feel like I get my moneys worth from that fight.

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