Lyoto Machida wonât be answering Alexander Gustafssonâs call for a fight.
The former light-heavyweight champion doesnât see the point in the match-up which Gustafsson expressed interest in after being pulled from his fight with Gegard Mousasi earlier this month.
After losing to Jon Jones at UFC 140, Machida believes he has clawed his way back to the number one contender spot by defeating Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson in a row.
With the chance to face âBonesâ again, âThe Dragonâ does not intend to let the opportunity pass by.
Jorge Guimaraes - long-time manager of Machida, Anderson Silva and other top fighters from Brazil - affirmed that taking âThe Maulerâ right now makes no sense and revealed the desire to square off with Jones is bigger than anything else.
âLyoto is on stand-by list waiting for the winner of Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen. I think it is almost impossible for Chael to win this bout but anything may happen. A fight is a fight but it has already been scheduled, thereâs no history about itâ â Jorge told Brazilian outlet LANCE!Net
âLyoto is the number one contender and he is only waiting to see who is going to be the winner of this fight. He is not convinced about Jones... he is not convinced from that loss.â
The karate specialist had stated that he did not want to be away from competition for a long time in order to maintain the path of fighting but Guimaraes says this mindset has now changed. Regardless of what happens, Machida will be patiently waiting to get the title shot.
âThe fight between Jones and Sonnen is going to happen now, it doesnât make sense to fight Alexander. Weâre almost there. If it were a little before, this fight could have already happened, but he just fought... and Dana White has made it clear that Lyoto is the number one. Weâll be waiting.â
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