Originally Posted by initial_zen
To be fair, machida stepped in (forget if it was short notice or not) to fight jones when Rashad pulled out of that fight and the ufc didn't have any other contenders.. And if you look at the numbers, machida is actually quite a big draw.
.. also Jon got his title shot at shogun after beating Ryan Bader.
Completely different set of conditions Imo. Jones title shot
- Easily hypeable young "undefeated" contender with a good list of dominant finishes.
-3 weeks short notice fight against the champ
-no other viable contenders available to replace Evans besides Jones
-Ryan Bader & Jones were the hottest prospects at 205 at the time, and Jones mopped the floor with him. Machida 2nd title shot
-Got Obliterated by Shogun after winning a very controversial decision victory in the first fight
-Lost a lackluster decision to Rampage
-Retired a damn near 50 year old man from MMA
-Got a gift title shot on 7 weeks notice against Jones of a 1 fight win streak.
-Got chocked unconscious by Jones in 2 rounds Machidas potential 3rd title shot/rematch
-Beat Ryan Bader, who had just been finished by Tito Ortiz of all people, and since losing to Jones has only beaten a horribly flat Rampage, Jason Brillz, and the Janitor.
-refused a short notice title fight rematch against Jones
-Won a very lackluster decision victory against Dan Henderson
My reasoning is, Machida already got one gift Title shot due to being in the right place at the right time. So i cant view him as deserving of a rematch, a 3rd title shot
, when not only was it Jones' lowest PPV draw but there's potential contenders still in the mix.
I know you didn't ask to know my reasoning, but I felt like fully detailing it for some reason.