Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones before fighting Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
"I don't want to fight Lyoto Machida. He was my lowest pay-per-view draw of last year. No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida. I don't want to fight Lyoto again. Lyoto is high risk and low reward. He's a tough fighter, but no one wants to buy that fight. Between (Mauricio) Shogun (Rua), (Quinton) Rampage (Jackson) and Rashad (Evans), Lyoto was my lowest draw. Why would I want to fight someone where it's a lose-lose situation? I won't make money on it. And he's a tricky fighter."
-- It's hard to argue with the logic put forth by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who explains to ESPN.com his reasons for not wanting to rematch current number one contender Lyoto Machida. In short, it's a lose-lose situation, something we've been hearing a lot from "Bones" lately. There's weight behind this particular claim, however, considering the fact that Jones crushed Machida in their UFC 140 fight in Dec. 2011 last year. Sure, this quote lays bare the true motivations the 25-year-old has for competing inside the Octagon but it's still nearly impossible to argue against it. At the same time, who is left at 205-pounds that he hasn't already beat? This is all assuming he gets past Dan Henderson, whom he's scheduled to fight at UFC 151 on Sat., Sept. 1, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and that's no sure thing. But if he does, should he veto a Machida rematch?