Sonnen: I'm not giving Machida a title shot


If he defeats Jon Jones at UFC 159, Chael Sonnen says he has zero desire to allow Lyoto Machida to challenge for the light heavyweight title because the Brazilian "can't draw flies" to his fights, especially after his lackluster split decision win over Dan Henderson at UFC 159.

"Does Lyoto Machida deserve another title shot? Absolutely. Is he a great fighter? Absolutely. I'm in on the business; I'm in on the pay-per-view (PPV). So is Jon Jones, but neither of us want to fight him because he can't draw flies. That's the bottom line. He got booed tonight; he got booed in his last fight. I can't sellout an arena with you; I can't sell PPV's with you. I'm not giving him the shot. Alexander Gustaffson, Gegard Mousasi, step up and I'll take the winner."

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kinson site profile image  

2/25/13 2:59 PM by kinson

He only got that bc of evans.

BlueNamer site profile image  

2/25/13 2:20 PM by BlueNamer

amazed at chael's ability to flip that switch.

HexRei site profile image  

2/25/13 2:15 PM by HexRei

LOL most fans don't even know who's fighting on a card beyond the headliner, and that's only cause they saw it when they ordered the PPV

ufc98newb site profile image  

2/25/13 2:12 PM by ufc98newb

Aldo Florian were also on it. im pretty sure people are allowed to buy a card for fights that are not the main event. the point is Chael sonnen doesn't necessarily get sales if the circumstances aren't just right for him. You can't seriously look at Machida's numbers and make a valid point that he doesn't sell. Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard don't sell. Matt Hamill and Thiago Silva couldn't sell main events against guys who typically pull good numbers. Dan Henderson doesn't sell well as a headliner. Lyoto Machida is none of those guys.

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

2/25/13 2:10 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

Yup not a huge seller but it showed that Chael essentially brought in no views

6ULDV8 site profile image  

2/25/13 2:04 PM by 6ULDV8

Get on his level.   The one and only Chael P. Sonnen is a mastermind of everything.   If Mr. Sonnen says it, it is what it is.  

HexRei site profile image  

2/25/13 1:59 PM by HexRei

the headliner was edgar maynard III...

ufc98newb site profile image  

2/25/13 1:56 PM by ufc98newb

check out ufc 136 where Sonnen was co-main event. 225k. one of the worst selling ppv's of the past 5 years. lol

Van Terminator site profile image  

2/25/13 1:25 PM by Van Terminator

I won't be surprised if the Jones fight ends up being Sonnen's last. It's going to be brutal.

HexRei site profile image  

2/25/13 1:21 PM by HexRei

10/14/06 UFC 64 Franklin v. Silva 300,00002/03/07 UFC 67 Silva v. Lutter 400,00003/01/08 UFC 82 Silva v. Henderson 325,00010/25/08 UFC 90 Silva v. Cote 300,00004/10/2010 UFC 112 Silva vs. Maia 500,00008/07/2010 UFC 117 Silva vs. Sonnen 600,000 02/05/2011 UFC 126 Silva vs. Belfort 725,00008/27/2011 UFC 134 Silva vs. Okami 335,00007/07/2012 UFC 148 Silva vs. Sonnen II 925,00010/13/2012 UFC 153 Silva vs. Bonnar 410,000Sonnen was 2 of Silva's top 3 PPV's. Silva himself is an incredible fighter but not a correspondingly incredible draw