Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida would like nothing more than to compete for the title again.
However, if that means waiting on the sidelines for an extended amount of time, “The Dragon” isn’t fine with that.
Machida’s manager, Ed Soares, told Inside MMA recently that his fighter wants a quick return to action. The title is set to be defended next month by Jon Jones against Chael Sonnen.
“We’ve spoken with the UFC. Lyoto doesn’t want to spend too much time outside of the Octagon. He wants to get in there and stay busy,” Soares said. “He doesn’t want to wait too long.”
There has been talk – by Machida, himself – that a catch-weight bout could happen. Soares, though, feels nothing will be determined until the Jones-Sonnen bout.
“We can’t really make any decisions until after that (Jones vs. Sonnen) fight happens because when you look at the rankings, and you look at the top-10 fighters, all of the guys that make sense for Lyoto fight have fights already,” Soares said.
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