Dana White responded to those in Twitter-land that criticized him for placing Lyoto Machida in a UFC light heavyweight title fight with Jon Jones as only the president of the UFC can do.
Machida replaced an injured Rashad Evans for the fight, which will go down at UFC 140 on December 10 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Evans just recently had pins removed from his broken hand and will be in rehab for at least three weeks before he can even begin training. In steps “The Dragon,” and many, many fight fans got upset.
“Do you follow the sport? Evans is hurt, Hendo (Dan Henderson) is fighting Shogun (Rua) and (Phil) Davis is hurt…You have to be a (expletive) moron not to love Machida vs. Jones…Jones wanted to fight Rashad but Rashad couldn’t fight,” White wrote on his Twitter account.
The UFC tried to make Machida-Davis for the UFC 140 card, but Davis’ recovery from torn knee ligaments has forced him to remain on the side lines.
White went on to write, “Machida KO’d Rashad so your theory is beyond stupid,” when responding to why Machida, who is a former light heavyweight champion, is getting a title shot.
Jones, who successfully defended his title against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in September, will be fighting for the fourth time this year. He first beat Ryan Bader and followed up that win by defeating Rua for the title. He has stated his desire to fight Machida several times due to the style that Machida brings, as well as his enviable record.
Machida last fought at UFC 129 earlier this year, defeating Randy Couture via second-round TKO.