Lyoto Machida is on a mission to earn himself another title shot in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. He’s beaten some of the best light heavyweights of all time. Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua are just a few names on his overly impressive resume. He’s currently scheduled to face Phil Davis in the co-main event of UFC 163 in Brazil. He believes a victory for him should present him with another opportunity at 205 gold.
He spoke to Sherdog recently about his plans on defeating Davis and getting one last shot at reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight championship:
“I think with this next victory that I’ll have, I will be the next contender, for sure. I have some keys on how to win Jon Jones. I was very close [to] the victory against Jones. Maybe if somebody gives me a rematch, I can get that.”
There’s plenty of factors that need to happen before this becomes a reality. Machida needs to defeat Davis and even if Jon Jones is victorious against Gustafsson, will he go after Anderson Silva and the super fight? There are also talks about him moving up to heavyweight to challenge himself and perhaps be a two division champion.
As much as Machida thinks he was close to victory against Jon Jones, we all witnessed what transpired that night at UFC 140. Jones was able to defeat Machida with a hangman’s guillotine choke and leave Machida unconscious that night.
Do we really want to see a rematch that was so one-sided? Let’s hope he decided to after Anderson or vacates the belt to move up to heavyweight.