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Lyoto Machida Interested In Remaining Active, Doesn’t Want To Sit On Sidelines

Lyoto Machida feels he is better off remaining active, taking part in training camps and fighting, while awaiting his opportunity at winning back the UFC light heavyweight tite.

Machida, who secured his status as the No. 1 contender with a win over Dan Henderson, told Radio of his plans to fight again before competing for the belt.

“Let’s see what happens in that fight and the timeline that they come up with,” Machida said. “A lot of things can happen, but depending on the timing, I could even do another fight at a catch-weight or something else to not lose the rhythm.”

Machida, who lost to Jon Jones in 2011 via submission in a title match, would likely be sidelined until the summer if he waits to cash in his opportunity. Jones is set to face Chael Sonnen in April.

Outside of taking a fight with a top contender like Alexander Gustafsson, is there really any value in Machida fighting again before competing for the title? “The Dragon” is already a former champ, and regarded as one of the best in the sport, so why would he risk a shot at the belt?

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