Lyoto Machida motivated by status as an underdog against Jon Jones

Former UFC light heavyweight title-holder Lyoto Machida is used to being the favorite whenever he steps into the ring. A 17-2 competitor, the Brazilian has beaten a number of apt adversaries and has a unique style often making him nearly impossible to hit cleanly. However, when it comes to his upcoming fight against current champion Jon Jones there’s no doubt the odds will be against “The Dragon” pulling out a win.

While the situation may be new to Machida it’s certainly not one affecting him in a negative way. In fact, he actually plans to use it to his advantage.

“The fight will be decided in the Octagon,” Machida explained in an interview with Sherdog. “Let him be the favorite. He’ll enter with the label of being a prodigy, but I’ll be stronger because of that. Since I’m the underdog, I will enter the fight even more motivated to show that I deserve to be here and to show why they offered me the chance.”

That isn’t to say Machida is looking past the challenges “Bones” is sure to offer. In fact, he’s still unsure of exactly what it will take to beat the dynamic 205-pound champion even though he’s confident in his ability to do so.

“It’s hard to say what the perfect style is to stop Jones,” said Machida on the subject. “I have a lot of trust in my skills against any fighter. I won’t change what people have seen, and I’d rather show them in the Octagon instead of talking about it beforehand. Jones wasn’t my problem until the UFC booked the fight. I’ll spend a lot of time studying him and find the best way to stop him. I know he’s versatile, but I have my own talents and know what it takes to win.”

Machida may also have a secret weapon in his corner to assist in the task at hand – Anderson Silva. The 33-year old revealed he had already reached out to the pound-for-pound great in hopes “The Spider” might be able to fit it into his schedule though he’s not relying on Silva’s assistance.

“I can’t count on that because he has so many obligations, and I respect that. He’s the biggest name in MMA. I would love to have him beside me for this camp and he will be welcomed if he joins us, but I don’t want to count on him and not have it happen.”

Jones and Machida will meet on December 10 in Toronto as the main event of UFC 140. Other match-ups on the card include Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Canadians Mark Bocek, Mark Hominick, and Rory MacDonald are also booked for action at the show.

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6 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    Machida better be ready and motivated for this because if he is tentative against Jones like he was against Rampage he will likely be in for a very tough night. I think Machida has the speed and power to keep Jones from going crazy but he needs to come out agressive and show Jones he will dictate the fight and not let the champ get to comfortable.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Machida may also have a secret weapon in his corner to assist in the task at hand –

    STEVEN SEAGAL.

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  • MCM says:

    Even if he can get AS to train with him, the hardest thing to train for with Jones is his insane reach. fanoftna33 is right in that you have to keep Jones backpedaling to beat him but you still have to be able to get inside. Machida slips punches better than anyone else at 205, but will he be able to counter as effectively when he has to take a full step forward? If I was Machida, I’d bring in Stefan Struve to jab the hell out of me.

    JET LI

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  • Rece Rock says:

    MCM You suggest Struve as if he knows how to use his reach properly to begin with ;)

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I think Lyoto needs to bring in a Klitschko to match Jones’ reach and jab and Dhalsim for the leg kicks

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  • crane_style says:

    The only way for Lyoto to stop Jones is to regain 5 lost years of hand speed, add a foot of reach and become an Olympic level wrestler between now and the fight.

    Good luck with that.

    The REALLY important news here is that Silva is helping the Dragon to prepare for the fight. Does that mean Anderson is no longer claiming to be a friend of Jones?

    If I could pick any match to watch between active fighters, it would be Silva vs. Jones.

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