- Posted: 1:39 PM, August 18, 2012
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones told ESPN.com on Friday that he has little interest in a rematch with No. 1 contender Lyoto Machida if he beats Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 at UFC 151.
"No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida,” Jones said. “I don't want to fight Lyoto again. Lyoto is high risk and low reward. He's a tough fighter, but no one wants to buy that fight. Between (Mauricio) Shogun (Rua), (Quinton) Rampage (Jackson) and Rashad (Evans), Lyoto was my lowest draw. Why would I want to fight someone where it's a lose-lose situation? I won't make money on it. And he's a tricky fighter."
Machida earned the title fight with a second-round knockout of Ryan Bader last month at UFC on Fox 4. Jones defeated Machida in December via guillotine choke in the second round.
Because of Jones’ dominance, there are precious little top-tier candidates left in the light heavyweight division. Sonnen, the No. 2 middleweight in the world, announced this week that he would move up to 205 and fight Forrest Griffin in December, giving Jones a potential fresh fight down the road.
The champ fired back at Sonnen on Twitter the following day, writing that the brash Sonnen “should disrespect me to my face like a man.” That prompted a Twitter battle between the two and Jones finished it off with this tweet:
“For everyone who thinks I'm ‘falling into chaels game’ I know exactly what I'm doing.. #AreYouNotEntertained”
Is Jones jockeying for a fight with Sonnen? With Sonnen fighting Griffin in December, that’s a matchup that probably wouldn’t happen before March 2013 at the earliest.
And this is all assuming Jones gets by Henderson, which is no easy task.
"I don't think it's appropriate to be talking about fighting anybody but Dan Henderson," Jones told ESPN.com. "I'm clearly focused on Dan Henderson. I'm not overlooking Dan."
Yet Sonnen seems to be on the back burner.