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Lyoto Machida: Match With Dan Henderson At UFC 157 Should Be For Title Shot

Lyoto Machida has taken note of the UFC’s first set of official rankings.

Machida, who will face Dan Henderson in the co-main event of UFC 157 next week, stated during a recent conference call that he feels the winner of his match should be the next contender to Jon Jones’ title belt.

“We are ranked No. 1 and 2,” Machida said. “I believe the winner of this fight should be next in line for the title.”

Jones will face Chael Sonnen this April for the belt. “Bones” has defeated Machida once before, and was scheduled to face Henderson before “Hendo” suffered a knee injury.

Machida was originally asked to step in and meet Jones last September, but declined the opportunity.

“I wanted the title (shot), but I didn’t have enough time (to prepare),” Machida said. “Everything happens for a reason.”

Henderson, a former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion, is ranked No. 1 by the UFC, while Machida – a former UFC light heavyweight champ – is second. Alexander Gustafsson, who many feel is the rightful top contender, is third.

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