Lyoto Machida has been on the waiting list for a light-heavyweight title shot for a while now, but he expects a win over Phil Davis at UFC 163 will at last give him the opportunity to become a UFC champion for the second time.
â€śI am the number one in the world and the leading contender, and it is in this upcoming fight that I will demonstrate that once again. I already received the promise for the title shot twice and ended up not having the chance to fight for it but I will prove myself for the third time,â€ť he tells O Globo.
â€śNothing comes easy for me and I am not counting with anything easy now. I know this is going to be a tough fight but the title shot has to come.â€ť
Asked how he feels about the UFC continually promising him title shots and then taking them away when a more favorable situation - eg Sonnen vs. Jones - becomes available, Machida says he is no longer dwelling on it.
â€śIt used to bother me a lot, waiting for title contentions that didnâ€™t happen. Today I donâ€™t think this way. What is happening is good for me. Itâ€™s a fight in Brazil, a fight that will do so much for my career. I am so happy with the opportunity, very pleased and looking to live each moment.
â€śI donâ€™t like to keep complaining about what hasnâ€™t happened. If it did not work out that moment, there must have been a reason for that. I did my part, I fought, won, did everything that was demanded. Such is life - not everything will happen the way we want.â€ť
When Anderson Silva was defeated by Chris Weidman, he stated he wouldnâ€™t fight for the belt anymore and many people thought it was time for Lyoto to drop down to the middleweight division. He guarantees it is a test he will definitely put himself through one day.
â€śI want to make this test and fight in this weight class. I am not a very large guy for light heavyweights, so I donâ€™t find difficulty at all in fighting as middleweight. I am waiting a better position from my managers and after this fight we are going to see what will happen,â€ť he says.
â€śAndersonâ€™s rematch is fair; the guy rule division for long time. He maybe didnâ€™t really want to fight for the belt again but the UFC demanded it. I believe it wasnâ€™t only Andersonâ€™s intentions that prevailed in this situation.â€ť
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