This ends Dana’s dilemma of finding a health opponent for Lyoto Machida, its Bones Jones. Rashad Evans will have to wait for that title shot, he just had surgery to remove pins from his hand and its seems like Bones is now preoccupied with a Dragon.
“Machida accepted the fight … We knew for a couple days this was going down, and Machida accepted the fight. Then when we called back and said, ‘OK, we’re going to make this fight,’ Machida’s people came back and said, ‘We’ll tell you what. You pay us what you pay Anderson Silva, and we’ll take the fight.’ This was after they had already agreed to take the fight … “I said, ‘Are you [expletive] kidding me? I’ll tell you what. You tell Machida he achieves what [expletive] Anderson Silva has achieved, then maybe he’ll make Anderson Silva money. Have a nice day.’ …. “They said, ‘Machida will fly out there tomorrow if you pay him what you pay Anderson Silva,’” White said. “They said they do the deal, then I call back to make it and what’s what they said.
While Lyoto is in the UFC dog house, Tito Ortiz gets on Dana’s good side.
“Tito turned it down, and then Tito called back and said, ‘Did you get the fight yet?’ … I said, ‘Nope.’ He goes, ‘Let me think about it. Let me talk to my team, and I’ll call you back tomorrow.’ This was Tuesday night.”
“[Expletive] right, [Tito] he gets a break … Tito stepped up to the plate. It’s [expletive] weird here. It’s like I’m dealing with a new person. I like it. I like the new Tito.
“The storyline is what’s so interesting. Tito went from ‘You’re about to be cut,’ to now, if he beats Rashad Evans, he’s back in the mix. He’s back in the picture.”