Jon Jones: Lyoto Machida Influenced Decision to Deny Steven Seagal Meeting

Written by Tom Ngo
September 29th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones

After destroying Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135, light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (Pictured) revealed Steven Seagal had requested to meet with him prior to the scrap. Jones initially said at the post-fight press conference that he denied Seagal because he didn’t want to confuse people as to who should receive credit for the development of his game.

However, during Wednesday’s interview on The Jim Rome Show, “Bones” peeled back another layer on the onion and said a future shootout with one of Seagal’s protégés also played a part in his decision to decline the one-on-one time.

“You never know what people’s motives are, especially to chat with a guy that coaches Lyoto Machida,” Jones stated. “Machida is definitely somebody that I am going to fight in my near future and I just didn’t want to share my psychology with him, or who just I am leading up to the fight.

“You know, anything that would put me at a disadvantage in the future. So I just told him I thought it was best if he kinda stayed away.”

Interestingly, the man (and/or his manager) that was accused of implanting a rat in Rampage’s camp was now worried about getting spied on. Oh, the irony.

In addition to teaching Machida and Anderson Silva the art of the front-kick, Seagal also appears to have a knack for predicting MMA bouts.

“I’m not sure how he got my number, but he was just like, ‘Hey, listen, I think you’re gonna win the fight and when I predict someone is gonna win I’m never wrong … There are a few things I want to go over with you.’ It was just all very strange,” Jones said of their phone conversation.

At the same time, Seagal could have easily hedged his bet by peeking over at the sportsbooks and seeing Jones was a whopping 6-to-1 favorite to beat Rampage. In any event, just because Jones shunned by Mr. Hard to Kill doesn’t mean he’s completely against meeting other action-movie stars.

“I don’t wanna bad mouth him. He had good intentions, I think,” Jones said. “But yeah, I definitely wasn’t having Steven Seagal in my corner. I could see if it was Jet Li or something. I mean Jet Li would be pretty cool.

“Yeah, I’d definitely take that [meeting].”

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