Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida recently spoke to mmajunkie.com and revealed that a possible move to middleweight is still on the cards, but first up he’s got unfinished business with both Dan Henderson and current light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.
“I walk around close to 205 pounds, so if I put in the work, I do think it’s possible to fight at 185 pounds. But for now, I’m staying at 205. I’m eager to face Jones again. Later on, who knows?
I hurt my knee training in September. Now I’m at nearly 90 percent and undergoing regular physical therapy. In about 15 days, I should be 100 percent. I heard Dan Henderson’s knee is still hurt.
We very much want this fight, but the UFC gives me my assignments. I’d like to fight at least once before January. I think Dan Henderson would be a great fight (to bring me closer to the belt)
I think I lost my focus in that fight (with Jones). He managed a takedown, I took an elbow and was not able to see well after that. The blood in my eyes caused a lot of problems. Maybe I needed a better strategy on the second round.”
Machida earned a potential rematch with Jones at UFC on FOX 4 earlier this year with an impressive second round TKO win over Ryan Bader, a rematch he was offered at UFC 152 before he turned down the fight on just four weeks notice.