Jones side of the Rashad/Machida/140 story

UCJOE

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http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/10/...-why-he-is-fighting-lyoto-machida-at-ufc-140/

Ariel Helwani: How did this fight come about?
Jon Jones: The way the fight came about was Dana called me into his office just a few days ago, and he asked me to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 140. Without hesitation, I said 'absolutely'. There's nothing I want to do more than to get past this Rashad Evans chapter in my career, because it's been a nuisance. He's been the antagonist in my career. So, I'm predicting that maybe Rashad thought that I would turn the fight down, knowing that I just got done finishing my title fight. I'm sure he thought that I would say no to him, and I'm sure he would have went with the approach of, 'Oh well, Jon Jones is ducking me again; he turns down the fight in nine weeks.' To his surprise, I took the fight, and after I took the fight, he decides that his hand isn't ready, and he's going to need more time. So, with me already agreeing with Dana that I would take a fight at UFC 140, Dana called me back and said, 'Hey, listen, Rashad decided that he can't compete at UFC 140, what would think about fighting Lyoto Machida?' And I said 'absolutely'. My feet were swollen after my fight, but they are healed now, and I want to fight. My health is good, I'm a young guy, and I want to fight. So I took the fight against Lyoto in nine weeks from now. This is four fights in 10 months against three former champions in the same year. I don't think that's ever been done.

Did you tell the UFC that since Evans wasn't ready to fight in December that you would rather wait a month or two to fight him so you can finally put this beef behind you?
Well, Dana White basically needed someone to save 140. I didn't necessarily want to fight at 140, but because it was Rashad, I said, 'You know what? I would take the fight in nine weeks.' I'm already in shape. I already know what I want to do. Rashad, predicting that I would say no, he kind of kicked himself in the butt because I said yes, he turns around and says, 'Oh, I didn't expect Jon to say yes. I don't want to fight him that soon.' So in reality, he's kind of the one who's ducking the fight. I feel like he's ducking the fight.

So you think he was trying to force your hand so you would look bad in the fans' eyes, but you then forced his hand?
Exactly. 100 percent that's what I'm trying to get at. He's tried to call me out on nine weeks' notice. Obviously, who wants to fight on nine weeks' notice? I just got a new car, I want to drive that around. I want to hang out with my family and relax and sleep in my own bed for once. And now Rashad calls me out, predicting that I would say no, to make me look like I was ducking him again, and I say yes, and now he says, Oh, I didn't know he would say yes. I don't want to fight him. He called Dana White, asked for 140, Dana White called me and said Rashad wants this fight. I gave him the fight he wanted and then he pulled out.

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It could very easily be Rashad hoped to be ready by 140 then realized he wouldn't. Maybe I am wrong but he would have to know that if he was playing a chess game he would look real bad
 

JMCC

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I think Jones nailed it.

I don't think Rashad would ask Dana for this fight if he didn't think Jones would turn it down. He took a big risk, he assumed that Jones wouldn't want to fight for the 4th time this year and on 9 weeks notice and it backfired on him.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Just proves what a stand up champion Jones really is. When he fights Evans, I hope he smashes his face into a bloody pulp before knocking him the fuck out.
 

UCJOE

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I think Jones nailed it.

I don't think Rashad would ask Dana for this fight if he didn't think Jones would turn it down. He took a big risk, he assumed that Jones wouldn't want to fight for the 4th time this year and on 9 weeks notice and it backfired on him.
We agree to disagree
I don't think Rashad would risk looking that bad
 

kramer0419

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We agree to disagree
I don't think Rashad would risk looking that bad
Maybe not. But I think he likes to try to make his opponent look that bad, especially Jones since he thinks Jones faked his hand injury in the past. It's a logical explaination
 

JMCC

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Maybe not. But I think he likes to try to make his opponent look that bad, especially Jones since he thinks Jones faked his hand injury in the past. It's a logical explaination
Yeah, what works against Rashad is he's the one that called Dana and asked for this fight. Maybe he was hoping for the best and didn't think he would be out this long, but that's still a big risk to take.
 

UCJOE

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Yeah, what works against Rashad is he's the one that called Dana and asked for this fight. Maybe he was hoping for the best and didn't think he would be out this long, but that's still a big risk to take.
Thats another reason I dont think he was playing games
But the sad fact is he will be ready about a month later and they didnt hold the fight