When Lyoto Machida fought Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title in December, the champ finished Machida with a standing guillotine choke late in the second round. It was a commanding win, but in all fairness, the fight’s location in Ontario put Machida at a disadvantage. Had they met in the more neutral territory of Machida’s imagination, he probably would have won. There are plenty of scenarios in which Machida defeats Jones—for example, when he quantum-leaps into the body of Vitor Belfort:
“I wouldn’t let his arm go at all. I would have brought it back to Brazil. But I think Vitor didn’t relax his hold; I think Jon Jones had the merit to get away from that position. That was almost set, maybe 90%, but then the champion’s spirit spoke more strongly.”
That dispassionate analysis comes from Machida’s interview with GloboEsporte.com, translated for our edification at Fighters Only. Machida also estimated that his injured knee would be well enough for him to resume training in ten days, although his next opponent remains undetermined. He might even fight Georges St-Pierre.
“It would be an interesting karate duel,” Machida said, “but I don’t know at what weight we would do it. If it is at 185lbs, I will go for it.”
At press time, GSP has yet to accept the bout or be offered it. Could the welterweight champion be ducking the superior karate skill of the much larger, not-currently-able-to-compete Brazilian? Or does his inability to hear Machida’s thoughts make the bout such a foregone conclusion that fans wouldn’t bother to tune in? Only time or possibly GSP’s near-defeat at the hands of another opponent will tell. Until then, hindsight continues to be The Machida Era.
(Dan Brooks runs Combat Blog, the bestest political analysis site on the web as far as we’re concerned. MSNBC? FOX? Pshaw. This here is the 2.0 real deal shit!)