Dana White: Lyoto Machida wanted Anderson Silva's paycheckPosted on July 14, 2011, 06:49 AM by Anton Gurevich
In an exclusive interview to MMAJunkie.com, UFC President Dana White revealed why the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida turned down the offer to replace the injured Phil Davis for the fight against Rashad Evans at UFC 133. According to White, Machida's camp demanded "Anderson Silva's money" to fight Evans, something that the UFC President couldn't accept:
"Machida accepted the fight. We knew for a couple days this was going down, and Machida accepted the fight. Then when we called back and said, 'OK, we're going to make this fight,' Machida's people came back and said, 'We'll tell you what. You pay us what you pay Anderson Silva, and we'll take the fight.' This was after they had already agreed to take the fight.
I said, 'Are you [expletive] kidding me? I'll tell you what. You tell Machida he achieves what [expletive] Anderson Silva has achieved, then maybe he'll make Anderson Silva money. Have a nice day."
White also revealed that despite turning down the fight in first place, Ortiz called him back and asked if the UFC still need a replacement. White admitted that he likes "the new Tito Ortiz", expressing his delight with the positive approach of "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy":
"[Expletive] right, he gets a break. Tito stepped up to the plate. It's [expletive] weird here. It's like I'm dealing with a new person. I like it. I like the new Tito. The storyline is what's so interesting. Tito went from 'You're about to be cut,' to now, if he beats Rashad Evans, he's back in the mix. He's back in the picture."
UFC 133 will take place on August 6, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania