Lyoto Machida won’t be answering Alexander Gustafsson’s call for a fight.
The former light-heavyweight champion doesn’t 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 ‘Bones’ again, ‘The Dragon’ 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 ‘The Mauler’ right now makes no sense and revealed the desire to square off with Jones is bigger than anything else.
“Lyoto 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, there’s no history about it” – Jorge told Brazilian outlet LANCE!Net
“Lyoto 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.”
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.
“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... and Dana White has made it clear that Lyoto is the number one. We’ll be waiting.”