Fans of UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida may have been upset by UFC President Dana White’s decision to renege on a promised title-shot as the result of the Brazilian’s refusal to face champion Jon Jones without more time to train but “The Dragon” appears to be fine with the situation. Machida earned his crack at Jones’ belt based on a knockout win over Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4 but wasn’t interested in taking it on September 22 based on quick turnaround.
“Whatever the UFC wants is fine. I’m not tripping on that,” said Machida’s manager (Ed Soares) in an interview with MMAJunkie.
“Five weeks ago is the first time we heard his fight is supposed to be for a title shot,” continued Soares, mentioning Machida was only brought into the conversation after fans complained about the UFC stating a bout between Mauricio Rua-Brandon Vera was poised to determine the division’s #1 contender. “Lyoto and Ryan weren’t really in the title shot. The only reason (White) did it was because people were giving him sh*t about it. So for Lyoto to need another fight, that’s fine.”
Machida’s win over Bader was his first since being choked out by Jones this past December. However, the former 205-pound champion holds an overall record of 18-3 in his career with notable wins over Rua, Tito Ortiz, and Rashad Evans.
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