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.