Ed Soares, the manager of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, has revealed that the Brazilian “Dragon” has accepted he might have to fight again after turning down a short notice showdown with Jon Jones later this month, adding that being 100% prepared is the foremost consideration on his mind.
Speaking via MMAWeekly.com, Soares said:
“Every guy who has lost to a champion twice in that weight division basically has to reinvent themselves and most likely change weight divisions. For us, the way I look at it, that’s a big step. For the UFC potentially, it’s just another event. It’s just UFC 151 or 152 or whatever it is, but for Lyoto it’s a much bigger decision in his life. I know that in Lyoto’s heart and in his mind, he believes he can still be the light heavyweight champion of the world. So if he’s going to take this chance, and he’s going to take this opportunity to fight against Jon Jones, he wants to make sure he puts his best foot forward and be 100-percent. Because if he loses, it’s not just like he’s losing another fight. He really has to sit back and reinvent himself and figure out what am I going to do.”
“We even told Dana, we said, ‘Listen Dana, three weeks to train for a fight…’ It was four weeks, but everyone knows the last week before the fight you don’t train, so it was three weeks preparing himself. We said, ‘Dana, we need four weeks of preparation to prepare for Jon Jones.’ So I said, ‘We’d be willing to take the fight in October in Brazil because that would technically be five weeks of preparation, so that would be two or three weeks after with five weeks of preparation leading into the fight. So we were willing to do that, but unfortunately that didn’t work for them. If he has to take another fight before the title fight, that’s okay too. But one thing that we want to know is we want to make sure that he’s 100-percent prepared for this next title shot.”
Machida booked a potential rematch with Jones at UFC on FOX 4 earlier this month with an impressive second round TKO win over Ryan Bader, a shot he’ll probably still get despite turning down a title fight at UFC 152.