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From out of left field comes word from UFC president Dana White that Lyoto Machida, not Rashad Evans, will fight Jon Jones at UFC 140.

Alright Toronto!!! Dec 10th UFC 140 tix go on sale next weekend and ur main event is Bones Jones vs Machida!!!

Obviously, Rashad Evans was the ideal candidate for this fight, but he’s still injured says Dana. That doesn’t leave a lot of options in a division that routinely recycles its contenders, but I still think there was a better option than Machida considering he’s 1-2 in his last three with his only win over Randy Couture in the final fight of his career — certainly not the kind of credentials you’d expect of a title contender. If you ask me, they should have moved Dan Henderson into a UFC/Strikeforce title unification bout at UFC 140 and let Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua have their rubber match at UFC 139. Who knows, maybe they tried, but for whatever reason that’s not how it played out. Bummer.

Update: Word is Rashad Evans will be ready to start training in three weeks. Wonder if they asked him if he still wanted it with shorter training camp?

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Update: Never mind, guess he couldn’t be ready.

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