As far as Lyoto Machida is concerned, his next fight does not have to be for the UFC light heavyweight championship. Machida, who formerly held the belt, was named the top contender to the title after knocking out Ryan Bader this past weekend at UFC on FOX 4.
Machida improved to 10-3 inside the Octagon when he caught Bader coming in hard and dropped him. That being said, Machida was defeated by current champion Jon Jones in the second round via submission in a bout prior to his win over the former TUF winner.
Jones is scheduled to face Dan Henderson on September 1 at UFC 151 where the winner will emerge with a date in the cage against Machida assuming all goes according to plan. However, in Machida’s eyes it seems remaining active more important than sitting idly by for a title-shot.
“It doesn’t matter what is my next fight,” said the 18-3 Machida while appearing on MMAJunkie Radio recently. “I would like to fight for the title, but even another fight I would fight.”
“The Dragon” is not expected to miss any time as a result of his bout with Bader and will no doubt be hoping the same is true of the two headlienrs come showtime at UFC 151. Then again, even if not it appears he’ll be ready for action at some point later this year given his desire to compete again as soon as possible.
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