Lyoto Machida Talks Jon Jones, Out To Prove He Deserved The Fight
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
When it was announced that Jon Jones would be defending his title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 instead of Rashad Evans, many wondered what happened since Evans was the assumed next contender.
As it would turn out, Evans had pins removed from his hand and was unable to get back in the gym quick enough to train for the December fight.
Machida talked to Sherdog.com this week about the fight with Jones, and explained why he is out to prove the doubters wrong:
â€œItâ€™s hard to say what the perfect style is to stop Jones. I have a lot of trust in my skills against any fighter. I wonâ€™t change what people have seen, and Iâ€™d rather show them in the Octagon instead of talking about it beforehand. Jones wasnâ€™t my problem until the UFC booked the fight. Iâ€™ll spend a lot of time studying him and find the best way to stop him. I know heâ€™s versatile, but I have my own talents and know what it takes to win.â€
â€œThe fight will be decided in the Octagon. Let him be the favorite. Heâ€™ll enter with the label of being a prodigy, but Iâ€™ll be stronger because of that. Since Iâ€™m the underdog, I will enter the fight even more motivated to show that I deserve to be here and to show why they offered me the chance.â€
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