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A few months back former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida came under heavy criticism for saying he wanted 'Anderson Silva money' to take a fight on short notice against Rashad Evans.
There was a lot more to the situation that simply wanting money, but Machida made his choice and now gets an even bigger opportunity in December.
On Thursday, the UFC announced that Machida would face 205lb champion Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 140 in Toronto.
With the news still fresh, Machida's manager Ed Soares spoke to MMAWeekly.com about the match-up and how he believes 'everything happens for a reason'.
Soares also compliments Jones on his ability and skill in the cage, but that he's never faced anyone like Lyoto Machida and it's going to show on Dec 10.
Check out this exclusive one on one interview with Ed Soares as he talks Machida vs. Jones: watch video >>
In a strange turn of events, Dan Henderson gets injured and the only person to step up to fight Jon Jones is Chael Sonnen. The UFC is getting ready to announce that fight but Jones will not fight Sonnen on eight days notice after being advised not to be coach Greg Jackson. So Jones fights Lyoto Machida in Toronto at UFC 152 on September 22nd. Dana White is furious with both Jones and Jackson. http://TheMMAdigest.com watch video >>
UFC 151 Cancelled: Lyoto Machida Cites Lack of Prep Time for Jon Jones Fight at UFC 151 watch video >>
On Inside MMA UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones tells Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten that he stands by his decision to not fight Chael Sonnen on short notice. watch video >>
MMA H.E.A.T.'s Karyn Bryant talks with UFC lighht heavyweight champ Jon "Bones" Jones on the red carpet at the first-ever UFC on FOX show and hears what he has to say about the growth of MMA and mainstream acceptance of the sport. The champ also lets us know about his preparation for the title defense against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, how he feels about fighting 4 times in 2011, and what he plans to do to relax after his bout in December.
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At the UFC 140 pre-fight press conference Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz discuss their thoughts on concussions and safety in mixed martial arts. For additional coverage of MMA, boxing and pro-wrestling check out www.FIGHTNETWORK.com or find us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FightNet or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FightNetwork watch video >>
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