Deprecated by Dana, Machida looking to erase third straight victory frustration
Defiant number one light heavyweight, Lyoto Machida just passed over for Dana White and saw his chance to fight for the belt to be delivered to Alexander Gustafsson, second place ranking. Former champion category, the fighter admits frustration at not face Jon Jones again, but want to make great display on Phil Davis this Saturday at the co-main event of UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, to ensure the right to fight title.
"I was frustrated with not having a rematch with Jones. I want to confirm that chance on Saturday to fight for the belt again. I trained hard. I've only been in the UFC in Brazil and now fans will fight. I'm very quiet, "said Machida, during a press conference with the fighters of the UFC 163 main card, on Thursday, the Flying Circus in Rio
Lyoto Machida is in line to fight for the light heavyweight belt since beating Dan Henderson in knockout duel that defined the next challenger for the category, held earlier this year. However, Dana White not keep his promise and, at the request of champion Jon Jones, gave a chance to the Swede Alexander Gustafsson, considered the perfect opponent for 'Bones'.
After the loss to Jon Jones in December 2011, Lyoto recovered in the category and achieved two wins followed: Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson. Seven years without a fight in Brazil, the Dragon will ensure you are ready for a victory, now face Phil Davis, regardless of the strategy dangerous adversary.
"I prefer to fight standing, as he likes to take to the floor. I bring it to my game to try to win. I'm prepared for anything. I do three, four rounds wresteling fighting in the grid on the floor. This is MMA, not just one style. I'm ready to do any kind of fight on Saturday, "he said.
Opponent Machida in Rio, Phil Davis also seeks a third consecutive victory. The Wonderfull Mr. Wagner overcame the Brazilians 'Cauldron' Prado and Vinny Magalhaes. In 13 fights, the U.S. adds 11 wins, one no contest (unsuccessfully) and only one setback suffered against Rashad Evans by unanimous decision in 2012.