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The last time Lyoto Machida fought UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, 'The Dragon' ended up unconscious and on the wrong end of a highlight reel finish. However, Machida believes that next time will be different.
"Let's go back to how he got this title shot. Before the August 4th fight, he wasn't mentioned to get a title shot. The reason he was mentioned to get a title shot was because Dana White mentioned that the winner of Brandon Vera and 'Shogun' would get the title shot. The fans started saying, 'Well what about Bader and Lyoto?' So, they said, 'The one with the most impressive win.' A week before that fight, he wasn't even in talks of getting a title shot. But, at the end of the day, this is gonna be the second time he faces Jon Jones. In the UFC, any guy who's lost to the same champion, what ends up happening is they have to kind of re-invent themselves. B.J. Penn had to do it. Rich Franklin had to do it. Chael Sonnen had to do it. In his heart, he believes he can beat Jon Jones. So, if he's gonna go and fight Jon Jones, he's not gonna leave any regrets. If he went in there and lost a second time and had to re-invent himself, and, in his heart, he believed he could beat him, I think that's gonna be a thorn in his side for the rest of his life. Those were the decisions. It may just another event for the UFC, but for Lyoto, it wasn't just another fight...it was the fight of his life."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Lyoto Machida took some heat when he declined a title fight versus reigning division champion Jon Jones at UFC 152, citing a lack of preparation time. It was a decision that drew the ire of his boss, UFC President Dana White, as well as a lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans around the world. But was the reaction justified? Not according to "The Dragon's" manager, Ed Soares, who told "Inside MMA" that Machida had good reason for saying "no thanks" to the title shot versus "Bones." He believes they will fight again, and he also thinks, deep down, the results will be different. But, he wants a full training camp before he puts it all on the line against the man who ruthlessly choked him out at UFC 140 in Toronto, Ontario on Dec. 10, 2011. Do you Maniacs think Machida will ever end up getting his revenge against Jones?