UFC President: Machida not next in line for title fight

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

After Lyoto Machida knocked out Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4, it was all but a guarentee that Machida would be next in line for a chance to revenge his loss to Jon Jones and fight for the UFC lightheavyweight title.

After the recent UFC 151 incident, it seems that is no longer the case. Machida was given the chance to fight Jon Jones at UFC 152 on four weeks notice, and declined the fight. He will now not be next in line, White revealed in an interview with Ariel Helwani tonight. White had spoken with Machida’s manager, Ed Soares, who also expected Machida to take the fight. Machida we said he didn’t have the time to prepare, did not accept, and in at least White’s eyes, has moved down the ladder to face the champion.