Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida earned the status of No. 1 contender when he defeated Ryan Bader earlier this year. However, Machida turned down a short notice fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Machida was defeated by Jones in in a title tilt, suffering a second round submission defeat. “Bones” went on to defeat Vitor Belfort after his scheduled opponent, Dan Henderson, was injured.
“With all respect, but for me Chael doesn’t deserve the title shot,” Machida posted on Twitter. “I would like to know what he had done in LHW for deserve.”
Sonnen was the first – and only fighter – to agree to face Jones at the cancelled September card. That, along with his continued verbal warfare vs. Jones likely pushed the UFC to make the decision to pair the two up on The Ultimate Fighter as coaches. They are scheduled to collide in April for the belt.
As for Machida, he is rumored to be headed for a match with Henderson that would likely either be a title-eliminator bout or a No. 1 contender match.