Machida Speaks on UFC 152

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida was one of the principal players in Thursday's merry go round of possible opponents for current champion Jon Jones, which began with Dan Henderson and then circled through Chael Sonnen and Machida before ending up with Vitor Belfort overnight.

Machida, through a statement issued Friday afternoon by his Black House management team, explained his reasoning for not taking the short notice bout with Jones on September 22 in Toronto, noting that four weeks would not be enough time to prepare. And while he expressed a desire to face Jones at UFC 153 in Brazil this October, the champion has already moved on and will meet Belfort in the main event of UFC 152.

"I want to serve the UFC and recapture the belt," said Machida. "I always respect my opponent. For those reasons, I must prepare myself in the manner I believe in."

Watch Past Fights

Médias

Récent
The always-exciting Frank Mir delivers a brutal KO against Bigfoot Silva in this edition of KO of the Week. Mir faces Todd Duffee at Fight Night San Diego.
30 juin 2015
Ross Pearson delivers a devastating KO against the always tough Sam Stout in this edition of KO of the Week. Pearson faces Evan Dunham at Fight Night Glasgow.
30 juin 2015
The UFC's fastest rising star - Irish sensation Conor McGregor - produced his own 6-part documentary that aired earlier this year in Ireland, chronicling his rise to super-stardom. It has finally arrived and is ready to watch on UFC FIGHT PASS.
29 juin 2015
Mike Swick offre un aperçu exclusif de son camp d'entraînement en vue de l'UFC 189 dans cette série de vlogs tournée à Phuket en Thaïlande. Suivez Mike alors qu'il se prépare pour le plus important combat de sa carrière.
29 juin 2015