Jon Jones will be making his next title defense against Dan Henderson in two weeks from today, but the UFC light heavyweight champion is talking about a potential rematch with former champion Lyoto Machida.
Machida defeated Ryan Bader earlier this month at UFC on FOX 4 and UFC President Dana White announced that Machida would get the next title shot after Henderson.
Since the UFC announced that Machida was next in line, Jones has said he is focused on defeating Henderson. However, he talked to ESPN and said he is not interested in talking on Machida.
“I don’t want to fight Lyoto Machida,” Jones said. “He was my lowest pay-per-view draw of last year.”
Jones headlined three pay-per-view last year with the fights coming against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida.
Jones points out that the fight with Machida was the lowest pay-per-view draw for him and the fight has a low reward.
“No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida,” he said. “I don’t want to fight Lyoto again. Lyoto is high risk and low reward. 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 appears that Jones is taking a page out of what middleweight champion Anderson Silva is doing at this time. Silva wants big money fights and is not interested in fighting the number one contender in the middleweight division, which is Chris Weidman.
“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.”
Is this a sign that Jones is planning to tell the UFC he wants to fight Chael Sonnen, if he defeats Forrest Griffin at the end of December? Jones and Sonnen recently went back and fourth on Twitter after Sonnen made comments about the champion on “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV.
Jones told Sonnen to fight his way to a title shot instead of earning one. If the UFC sides with Jones and does not make him fight Machida, is this a bad sign? Should champions have a say in who they fight or should the UFC force them to fight the number one contender?
Dana White has always said that he works for the fans and he makes the fights that the fans want to see.
If Jones defeats Henderson in two weeks, should he face Machida or Sonnen in his next title shot?