Lyoto Machida’s (18-3) camp has sounded off on Jon Jones (16-1) for stating that he has no desire to fight ‘The Dragon’ again because it drew his lowest PPV buys when the two fought at UFC 140 in Canada.
On UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani said he spoke to Machida’s manager Ed Soares recently about the comments and relayed the following information.
Soares said that Jones, who he referred to as a PPV expert all of a sudden, “should know that international PPVs usually draw less than 30 percent of domestic PPVs as far as the numbers are concerned.”
While the UFC does not make those numbers public, the 30 percent has been thrown around in the past Helwani stated.
Helwani continued that Soares told him, “A lot of people are interested in seeing if Lyoto Machida can figure out Jon Jones and he isn’t the kind of trash talker that Jones is used to so that may be a reason for elevated numbers in his previous fights. Lyoto Machida is a very respectful fighter who has fought everyone the UFC has asked him to fight and that’s why he expects Jon Jones, if he beats Dan Henderson, to fight Lyoto Machida again.”
Machida earned the No. 1 contender spot for the light heavyweight championship for his performance at UFC on FOX 4 in November. For the Jones vs. Machida rematch to happen, Jones must first defeat Dan Henderson (29-8) at UFC 151.