Lyoto Machida Open To Non-Title Fight Next If That’s What’s On The Table

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida catapulted himself into the No. 1 contender role in the 205-pound division with his victory over Ryan Bader last month.

However, by turning down a pair of opportunities to fight Jon Jones for the belt this month, it is possible that “The Dragon’s” next fight inside the Octagon will not be vs. Jones – and he’s fine with that.

“If he has to take another fight before the title fight, that’s okay,” said Ed Soares, Machida’s manager, in a recent interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “One thing that we want to know is we want to make sure that he’s 100-percent prepared for this next title shot.”

Machida (18-3) didn’t feel like he had a enough time to prepare for Jones to face him at either UFC 151 or UFC 152. Instead, “Bones” will meet Vitor Belfort on September 22.

Back in late 2011, Jones submitted Machida via second round standing guillotine choke.

“Every guy who has lost to a champion twice in that weight division basically has to re-invent themselves and most likely change weight divisions,” Soares said. “For us, the way I look at it, that’s a big step. For the UFC potentially, it’s just another event. But for Lyoto, it’s a much bigger decision in his life.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I hate to say it but the lhw division needs to grow some balls,it seems like the belt doesnt matter anymore and nobody really wants to figjt for it,I’m usually the first to defend the sport but its getting harder and harder with how some of these fighters are becoming such divas,luckily there’s still the best of pride and ufc unleashed so we can see some dudes that brought the fight and weren’t worried about proper training camps to go after the gold

    • chupis79936

      difference is back then rosters werent as deep and there was no jon jones.. i mean i love chuck liddell but did he ever fight anyone great? ortiz couture sobral franklin horn are all one dimensional… he lost to rampage and shogun in the first round. now you have complete fighters like machida jones rua gustaffson hendo evans… different era… was a lot easier to take fights on short notice knowing that there wasnt much depth in the ufc rosters back then

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I hate to say it but the lhw division needs to grow some balls,it seems like the belt doesnt matter anymore and nobody really wants to figjt for it,I’m usually the first to defend the sport but its getting harder and harder with how some of these fighters are becoming such divas,luckily there’s still the best of pride and ufc unleashed so we can see some dudes that brought the fight and weren’t worried about proper training camps to go after the gold

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