August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Lyoto Machida during UFC on FOX at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
"You know that when I make a fight, I don't say a word till both bout agreements are signed and the deal is done. I did exactly what it is that I never do, because we were in this position. That big media call was the next day -- I wanted to have some answers. So, I went out there, and Machida was in the friggin jungle, somewhere. Ed told me, 'He's in the jungle. I can't get a hold of him.' I said, 'What do you think?' He said, 'I think he's gonna take the fight. I don't see why he wouldn't.' So, I went with it, and it didn't work out. This is a guy who had been terrorizing me for a title shot, and he said that four weeks wasn't enough. I said okay and moved on. Lyoto had been crying for a title shot for a long time, and you know how this stuff goes. When you turn down the opportunity to fight, things start going in another path, in another direction. It happened to Rashad Evans. Rashad Evans was out of a fight for a year and a half. We'll see what happens. He's not next in line. He'll fight another fight."
-- This is what happens when you turn down title shots in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Octagon boss Dana White details the sequence of events that led to his announcing Lyoto Machida would replace Dan Henderson in a bout against Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 152 on Sept. 22, 2012, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, only to have "The Dragon" back out when he was apprised of the situation. That didn't sit well with the powers that be, especially considering the fact that the Brazilian had been "terrorizing" White for the rematch against Jones, even before knocking out Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug. 4. That win gave Machida number one contender status but that designation is gone now that he refused the "Bones" fight on the schedule the promotion wanted. Now he'll have to win at least one more before getting another crack at the division crown. But against who? You Maniacs got any ideas? And is it fair of White to make Machida fight one more time?