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“Machida vs Gustaffson doesn’t make sense” doesn’t make sense


Lyoto Machida’s manager recently talked about the possibility of Machida facing off with Alexander Gustaffson. Shocker of all shockers, he does not sound all that interested in that fight happening:

“Lyoto is on stand-by list waiting for the winner of Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen,” Machida’s manager, Jorge Guimarares told Fighters Only. “I think it is almost impossible for Chael to win this bout but anything can happen. Lyoto is the No. 1 contender and he is only waiting to see who is going to be the winner of this fight.”

“The fight between Jones and Sonnen is going to happen now. It doesn’t make sense to fight Alexander. We’re almost there. If it were a little before, this fight could have already happened, but he just fought. Dana White has made it clear that Lyoto is the No. 1 contender. We’ll be waiting.”

Doesn’t make sense, huh? That’s funny, because when you look at it from an almost WWE-esque narrative it certainly starts to. Up and coming star is about to prove himself on the big stage as one of the top contenders in his division, until a freak cut unjustly takes him out of the fight. Now the promotion rewards his willingness to battle injured by giving him a shot at the current #1 contender. The winner gets a shot at the most important belt in the UFC!

See, that sounds pretty compelling to me, and I’m sure the UFC is very aware that many others agree. No one is particularly excited about Lyoto Machida’s upcoming title shot. Maybe after Machida battles Gustaffson they would be. And imagine how much more sense all that will make when Jon Jones crushes Chael Sonnen and then declares he’s taking the summer off to prepare for Anderson Silva in November (cuz Georges certainly doesn’t seem to be stepping up). At that point, Machida – Gustaffson is practically guaranteed to happen.

  • emil

    It’s always spelled Whateversson here in crazy Sweden :)
    I for one don’t want my countryman to fight Lyoto though, not because it doesn’t make sense, but because I really don’t think Machida’s style would benefit Alex. That fight would be “too technical” for my taste, and I think there is a good chance that Alex would loose. And that’s that last thing we need right now in Sweden…

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Has anyone from that camp ever been offered a fight that their management didn’t immediately shoot down for “not making sense”?

    My favourite was when they said that Silva vs Weidman didn’t make sense, but Silva vs Cung Le was an “intriguing match up”.

    Machida & his management are insane if they think they have any pull with the organization – plus Machida may be the only person on the planet who actually wants to see that rematch.

  • agentsmith

    Speaking of Silva, Machida ought to be at 185 himself. Didn’t he weigh in at like 202 for his last few fights? Seems like he’s not cutting weight at all.

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying

    Two people… I’d wouldn’t mind seeing it!

    Hey FL! Long-time, no post. Actually I’ve been following the blog, but not posting. I’ll be honest; since GSP def. Diaz I’ve been content to allow you your day(s) in the sun. More on that later. Let’s examine:

    Gustafsson had a cut that he arguably could have fought with, but alas, no performance for us to evaluate. And by your MMA math’s transitive property, this leapfrogs him over everyone to a contender’s match? Hogg-wash.

    Everyone is in line; Henderson & Evans are gonna fight. If young Gustafsson would like, he can take on Teixera (whom no one wants to fight) or risk getting a “flash-ko” from a well timed Bader punch he can go through the feeder and take his pick.

    Another impressive performance and we can talk. As it stands, I less impressed with Shogun then I was impressed Gustafsson. Machida is my #1 contender to the Grail that is our LHW Championship.

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying

    & lay off on the Diaz hate. Really, the kid walked into Hostile Territory and didn’t get finished (i/e Serra II). You’re man isn’t unbeatable and that leg remains to be tested with a low-kick.

    And he doesn’t want the Anderson fight.