Machida Speaks on UFC 152

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida was one of the principal players in Thursday's merry go round of possible opponents for current champion Jon Jones, which began with Dan Henderson and then circled through Chael Sonnen and Machida before ending up with Vitor Belfort overnight.

Machida, through a statement issued Friday afternoon by his Black House management team, explained his reasoning for not taking the short notice bout with Jones on September 22 in Toronto, noting that four weeks would not be enough time to prepare. And while he expressed a desire to face Jones at UFC 153 in Brazil this October, the champion has already moved on and will meet Belfort in the main event of UFC 152.

"I want to serve the UFC and recapture the belt," said Machida. "I always respect my opponent. For those reasons, I must prepare myself in the manner I believe in."

Watch Past Fights

Médias

Récent
Josh Thomson sits down with Megan Olivi to talk about his matchup vs. Bobby Green and more in this One Round feature.
2014-07-25
L'étoile montante chez les mi-moyens, Matt Brown, a mis sa série de six victoires consécutives en jeu contre Mike Pyle, un combattant possédant 16 victoires par soumission. Voyez maintenant Brown contre Robbie Lawler à l'UFC Fight Night San Jose.
2014-07-25
La correspondante de l'UFC, Paula Sack, s'est entretenue avec Little Nog afin de discuter de son combat à l'événement Fight Night San Jose. Little Nog parle de son adversaire, de son camp d'entraînement et de ce que les fans peuvent s'attendre à voir.
2014-07-24
Megan Olivi s'est entretenue avec la vedette de l'événement Fight Night San Jose, Anthony Johnson et son chien Kona, afin de discuter de son combat contre Little Nog et de ce qu'il aime faire outre combattre dans l'Octogone.
2014-07-24