UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida was convinced he had earned a rematch with champion Jon Jones after outpointing Dan Henderson in February and for good reason. After all, he’d been told by his employers the tilt was for top contendership. However, after some urging from the title-holder, Jones was given Alexander Gustafsson instead and Machida was booked for August action against Phil Davis.
Though Machida now knows exactly how cheap talk is when it comes to in-ring opportunity, he isn’t upset with the UFC based on his confidence in a win over Davis cementing a go at the gold.
“I’m very happy, not disappointed with them,” said Machida in an interview with Sherdog. “It’s important for me to keep fighting and not wait for somebody. Many times you wait and the fight never happens. With this next victory, I will be the next contender for sure.”
Machida holds an overall record of 19-3 and is 2-0 since falling to Jones in December 2011. In addition to Henderson, “The Dragon” also owns past wins over the likes of Randy Couture, Ryan Bader, and Rashad Evans. He and Davis are set to square off on August 3 at UFC 163.