Lyoto Machida is a former UFC light heavyweight champion, and he doesn’t believe Daniel Cormier’s accomplishments at heavyweight make him a worthy contender.
While Cormier still hasn’t officially moved to 205 pounds, he is planning to after a fight with Roy Nelson later this year.
Machida, meanwhile, is set to face Phil Davis at UFC 163 this August and recently told media members during a conference call that “DC” needs to earn his shot.
“I believe there’s a ranking and it should be followed,” he said. “There’s Glover Teixeira, Phil Davis. If Daniel moves down, he (needs to earn it). I don’t believe he should cut in line.”
Machida (19-3) defeated Dan Henderson earlier this year, but was also unsuccessful vs. current champion Jon Jones when he faced him previously. That leaves him needing to re-prove his worth in the division.
“I wan to fight for the title,” Machida stated. “My motivation is still there and there’s still motivation to win this fight.”