I think Lyoto Machida getting a fight with the Jones/Hendo winner is well-deserved. He fought one of the guys who were in the hunt in Ryan Bader, who had just beaten Rampage, who is a veteran and a tough guy. And then he was coming off of a loss to the champion. I think ultimately, the reason they had to add Machida and Bader to the mix is because Dana misspoke or talked out of his ass and said whoever wins between Brandon Vera and Shogun would get a title shot. All of the tap dancing in the world couldn't justify that shit. It's like, yeah, Shogun had a great fight against Dan Henderson, but he lost. If we're gonna give people a title shot for losing efforts, than Jorge Gurgel should be a 10-time world title challenger because every fight he was involved in turned into a war, but 90% of the time he came out on the losing end.
I'm not saying Shogun ain't a gangsta fighter, because he has done a lot in the last 2 years, but we're not talking about induction into the Hall of Fame; we're talking about a title shot, and that is usually measured by what have you done for me lately. And lately, he beat Forrest GriffinÂ…so what? (Laughing) And he lost to Dan Henderson in a gangsta fight. I was there live and it was an awesome fight, but at the end of the day, he lost. And Brandon Vera, we're not even gonna get into that. We're not even gonna talk about this dude. Dana actually tried to sell the concept of second chances in the title shot. Are you fucking serious? What are we making, a Rocky movie here? If Brandon Vera deserves a title shot, then I should be getting one too. I think once they said that the winner of those two would be fighting for a title and the reaction was like, "Whoa," then they threw Machida and Bader in the mix, which probably should have been the ones who should have been fighting in the #1 position anyway.
It worked out great though because Shogun and Vera had a great fight and Machida got a one-punch knockout, and you can't beat that. He got the title shot well-deservingly, but honestly, I think to put someone in a title shot when there is a world title shot coming up is kind of weird to me. If I was them, I would just keep it quiet and stifle myself and then announce it after Dan Henderson has fought, because now it's like I think a lot of people are being disrespectful to Henderson. It's like, "Machida is going to have a rematch with Jon Jones." But it's like, "No, Jon Jones is fighting Dan Henderson." Even Dana is almost dismissive of Henderson winning, and a lot of people don't think Dan can win, which is bullshit. But the bottom line is, there is a title shot coming up. They shouldn't be talking about a contention; they shouldn't be saying who is or should be getting a title shot until after the title fight. I just think it's just disrespectful to Dan and disrespectful to the title fight. Why am I gonna even bother to watch this shit when everybody has already decided who is gonna win?
From a business standpoint, I think every one of them was gonna be a hard sell because Shogun got done in by Jon Jones, Bader got submitted, Machida got submitted unconscious, and Brandon Vera got dominated by Jones before Jon Jones was even as gangsta as he is now. So really, any one of those 4 fights was gonna be a tough sell. Not one of them has done anything so overwhelmingly impressive to get you to go, "This is a totally different fighter." From a stylistic standpoint, I love the fact that Machida is fighting him. There are a lot of guys in this business that like to say they don't use excuses, and then be like, "I don't want to use this as an excuse or anything, but I was sick, I was hurt," or whatever. In this case, the dude actually had staph infection, which he never brought up and no one in his team ever brought up. But he just accepted the loss.
Mo was down there training with him for the Jon Jones fight and Mo hit me up like 2 days before and was like, "Dude, he's got fucking staph and they are giving him antibiotics and he can barely train and he's really weak." It showed in the fight. He had one round in him and he was through. But the one round he had in him, he was doing exactly what they had worked on, which was getting Jon Jones to move backwards as he attacks. So now that we have a healthy Machida, I would love to see the fight. so me as a fan, I'm very excited and those who understand the fight game a little bit more than just following the headlines, hopefully they saw that 1st round that Machida was attacking and he actually won that round and Jon Jones was confused because the guy can't fight going backwards and Machida was able to capitalize on it. So now that he is healthy, I think if that rematch happens, I'm excited for it. I actually already hit up Ed Soares, his manager, and told them that Mo would be willing to help again. But he was weak and dehydrated the entire camp.
In the last Kommandment, I basically explained how Anderson has cleaned out the middleweight division. Well, this is no different. Jon Jones has already cleaned out the division. Listen, here is the thing with Jon Jones. I don't buy into his All American and the Black Randy Couture routine. Obviously he's had a few mishaps that prove he's not this perfect, clean guy that they tried to portray him to be, but that don't mean shit. The dude is a gangsta when it comes to fighting. Say what you want, but he has defended his title and fought everyone in the division who is someone, except for Dan Henderson. He has fought everyone else who is relevant and he beat them and that's not easy to do. The dude is a gangsta and if he beats Dan Henderson, he has beat everyone at 205 that's worth a shit, matters, or should be in title contention. He would have beaten them all and he may have to go through and beat them again if necessary. I would like to see the Machida fight again because I know the guy was hurt and I think he was doing really well and he has the style to beat him. But I don't think we're gonna see the Machida rematch because I think Dan is gonna beat him honestly. I think Dan is going to beat Jon Jones. Stylistically, I think Dan has the style to beat Jon Jones.