Manager: Machida still believes he can beat Jon Jones, Anderson Silva wants GSPPosted on October 23, 2012, 06:36 PM by Anton Gurevich
"Let's go back to how he got this title shot. Before the August 4th fight, he wasn't mentioned to get a title shot. The reason he was mentioned to get a title shot was because Dana White mentioned that the winner of Brandon Vera and 'Shogun' would get the title shot. The fans started saying, 'Well what about Bader and Lyoto?' So, they said, 'The one with the most impressive win.' A week before that fight, he wasn't even in talks of getting a title shot. But, at the end of the day, this is gonna be the second time he faces Jon Jones.
In the UFC, any guy who's lost to the same champion, what ends up happening is they have to kind of re-invent themselves. B.J. Penn had to do it. Rich Franklin had to do it. Chael Sonnen had to do it. In his heart, he believes he can beat Jon Jones. So, if he's gonna go and fight Jon Jones, he's not gonna leave any regrets. If he went in there and lost a second time and had to re-invent himself, and, in his heart, he believed he could beat him, I think that's gonna be a thorn in his side for the rest of his life. Those were the decisions. It may just another event for the UFC, but for Lyoto, it wasn't just another fight...it was the fight of his life." - Inside MMA, via MMAMania.com
Lyoto Machida's manager, Ed Soares, spoke about his client's decision to decline the rematch with Jon Jones on short notice. Soares also discussed the fact that Lyoto Machida still believes he can beat Jon Jones, despite getting violently submitted in the first encounter between the two. Machida is expected to face Dan Henderson next, but the fight is yet to be officially announced by the UFC due to Hendo's knee injury.
Soares also discussed Anderson Silva's friendship with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, claiming that without Big Nog's tutorship, "The Spider" probably would still be flipping burgers at McDonald's. Once again, Soares mentioned that Anderson Silva is interested in fighting Georges St. Pierre, this time giving an exact number - 177.5lbs to the proposed catchweight bout between those two superstars.