With Lyoto Machida next in line for the title shot, champ Jon Jones doesn’t have much of a choice, but to rematch ‘The Dragon’ – should he get past Dan Henderson on Sept. 1st. During an interview with ESPN.com‘s Franklin McNeil, Jones admitted that he had zero interest in the ‘low pay’ rematch.
“I don’t want to fight Lyoto Machida,” Jones said. “He was my lowest pay-per-view draw of last year.”
“No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida. 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.”
Jones was directly asked if he would sign to fight Machida if the UFC asked him to, which he seemed noncommittal. From the sound of it, like many other top fighters in the organization, Jones receives a cut of the pay-per-views he headlines.
“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.”
Jones does clarify that he is not at all looking past his current opponent, Dan Henderson.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to be talking about fighting anybody but Dan Henderson,” Jones said. “I’m clearly focused on Dan Henderson. I’m not overlooking Dan.”