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UFC’s Lyoto Machida Calls for “Stronger” Title Shot Criteria

Lyoto Machida

While many people were excited to hear that Anderson Silva will lock up another title shot, if he gets by Nick Diaz at UFC 183, the news caught some people off guard. According to a new report, it looks like Silva’s buddy and teammate, Lyoto Machida, was one of them.

Machida recently spoke to the Brazilian outlet Tatame.com, and while discussing Silva’s title shot prospects, he stated: (translation via Bloody Elbow.com):

“I can’t say if it’s fair or unfair. Anderson has a big history behind him, his not a nobody. If Dana White says that he will fight for the title, I won’t contest. I just think that the criteria should be stronger and better defined but we have to move on. I’m not a guy to be complaining, I like to focus on my work.”

Since Silva is a legend, as Machida noted, the UFC’s commitment to “The Spider” isn’t that shocking really. Especially since, some have argued, both of Silva’s losses to Weidman came via rather unique circumstances.

But,  should defeating a man who has fought at welterweight traditionally, lead to another shot at the title? If the UFC wanted to give Silva another crack at the belt, sooner than later, then should they have booked the former champ to face a top contender at 185 first?

Machida was also asked, once again, about whether he would fight his longtime training partner. After all, Machida is currently ranked #3 in the division, and if he defeats Luke Rockhold on April 18th, he’ll be knocking on the title shot door once again. “The Dragon” reportedly had this to say about fighting Silva:

“Everyone asks me if I would face him but it’s a bout far away of happening. Of course I would. As a professional, I would do it. The audience would like to watch. But it’s a fight out of context and to me it isn’t going to happen, so I don’t like to talk about.”

Fair enough. Machida-Rockhold will go down at UFC on FOX 15 in Newark, New Jersey.

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