Article

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

Media

Recent
UFC correspondent Megan Olivi catches up with light heavyweight Daniel Cormier following the announcement of UFC 178.
23/07/2014
Watch as former UFC standout Chael Sonnen appears in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, July 23 to talk about his two failed drug tests. Sonnen was handed a 2-year suspension.
23/07/2014
Watch Vitor Belfort's appearance in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission at a hearing on July 23 to apply for a fighting license in Las Vegas. The committee voted unanimously in Belfort's favor.
23/07/2014
In this MetroPCS Move of the Week, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson knocks Yoshiyuki Yoshida flat on his back with a powerful right hook.