UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently said that he didn’t feel like a rematch with Lyoto Machida was in his best interest. Jones cited a lack of pay-per-view revenue as the reason.
Jones and Machida fought late in 2011, with “Bones” successfully defending his belt via submission in the second round. Machida, a former UFC 205-pound champion himself, was named the No. 1 contender after defeating Ryan Bader earlier this month.
Well, after seeing the backlash on Twitter revolving around his words, Jones decided to try and explain himself.
“This is a game that I love but its also a JOB,” Jones wrote. “Some people just don’t understand business and I’m not saying sorry that I do.”
In the first meeting, Machida appeared to win the opening round after landing a solid strike. However, Jones went on to cut “The Dragon” with an elbow before finishing him off with a standing guillotine choke.
“I get punched one good time in a fight and people think I’m scared to rematch,” Jones wrote, “haha I just can’t win with some of you people.. funny.”
Jones is currently scheduled to defend his title against Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson on September 1.