Lyoto Machida caused a small riff between himself and UFC president Dana White already in his career.
Now, after turning down two chances at UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Machida’s manager is attempting to clear the air in regards to why he declined both fights with “Bones.”
Originally, the UFC asked Machida to face Jones at UFC 151. After he declined that bout, and they decided to scrap the card completely, the UFC planned to have the two face off a second time at UFC 152.
Machida, again, declined that bout. Manager Ed Soares appeared on The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo to discuss these decisions.
Soares said that Machida, “wants to make sure he’s 100-percent when he fights,” Jones, and that he would like a full eight-week training camp to prepare for him. Jones submitted Machida late in 2011.
The Brazilian also asked to have the fight moved to Brazil, but the UFC said they, “couldn’t do that.”
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