The two fighters have being going back and forth on social media networks a little although UFC President Dana White said that Machida would get the next crack at Jones if he beat Dan Henderson at UFC 157.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones said he wanted to face Alexander Gustafsson after defeating Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 last month. UFC President Dana White was asked if Gustafsson and Jones were trying to make their own fight at the UFC 160 post-fight media scrum.
“”The problem is nobody is clamoring and saying, ‘Oh, I’ve got to see Machida fight him,'” White explained. “And Jones finished him so easily, that’s the problem with that fight, and Machida didn’t make a statement in his last fight.”
Jon Jones defeated Machida in the UFC 140 main event via second round standing guillotine in which Machida was choked unconscious, and dropped to the floor like a sack of rocks once Jones let the hold go. The first round was competitive with Machida arguably winning the round, but Jones took Machida down and landed a huge elbow which changed the entire complexion of the fight.
Gustafsson hasn’t fought since besting former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at the UFC on FOX 5 event in December. He was set to take on Gegard Mousasi in April, but suffered a facial cut in training which forced the Swedish Commission to pull him from the event.
It appears that the UFC may be losing interest in the Jones/Machida rematch. Jones is recovering from a toe injury suffered during the UFC 159 bout with Sonnen, so his return to the cage is a work in progress.
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