It may have came as a shock to many fans when news came out that Lyoto Machida turned down a high profile fight against Rashad Evans yesterday, especially since he defeated the former champ via a viscous KO in their bout. Now another side of the story comes out at UFC President Dana White explained to MMAJunkie that Machida’s camp actually accepted than demanded a large payout.
“Machida accepted the fight [at UFC 133],” White told MMAJunkie Wednesday evening. “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.’”
From there of course now Tito Ortiz was given a second call and accepted after reconsidering. Was Machida’s camp out of line to ask for ‘Anderson Silva money‘ or is he validated in the fact that he was jumping in last minute risking his ranking and record against a dangerous opponent such as Rashad Evans?