As many well know, after reports of Jon Jones turning down a fight with Chael Sonnen, Lyoto Machida was offered the next shot against the champ, after earning a K.O. over Ryan Bader earlier this month. But, Machida turned down the bout, for reasons still unknown.
According to several media sources, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua also turned down a chance to fight Jones. This was all first reported by Lance Pugmire of the LA Times, who claims he heard this straight from Lorenzo Fertitta himself, stating on his Twitter page:
@lorenzofertitta tells me Shogun Rua also turned down shot at Jones to set up Belfort as Sept. 22 opponent. … Fertitta says, “Thank god Belfort is from the same generation as LIDDELL, Hughes, etc. REAL fighter!
This kind of information makes you wonder who else was offered the bout and turned it down?