Lyoto Machida Vs. Dan Henderson Planned To Decide Next Title Shot
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson is currently in the planning stages to decide who will get the next shot at UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones (assuming he wins at UFC 152) according to UFC President Dana White.
White spoke at a luncheon this week and explained why the fight is happening after Henderson was forced out of UFC 151 due to injury and Machida turned down a proposed title shot:
"Machida should have taken the fight," said White. "We've seen it, history always repeats itself. Look how long it took Rashad to fight for the title again. So you wanted to fight Jon Jones, you climbed up to the title fight and you don't take it. Now you're fighting f------ Dan Henderson. Now you might not even get to the f------ title again. You lose to Dan Henderson you're not anywhere near Jon Jones."
"You jump on opportunities when they're available. You get a shot at the title, the biggest money fight you can be in, the highest profile fight you can be in. And if you win that f------ fight, the whole world changes overnight."
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