Jon Jonesâ€™ desire for new opposition is the biggest barrier to a Lyoto Machida title shot it seems.
The light-heavyweight champion is, according to UFC president Dana White, disinterested in rematching opponents he has already beaten. Jones infamously choked former champ Machida unconscious at UFC 140.
Machida has gone 2-0 since then and was told by UFC exec Marshall Zelaznik in Brazil this week that he is sure to get a title shot if he beats Phil Davis at UFC 163. That isnâ€™t necessarily the case, say White.
â€śThe problem with the Machida [rematch] thing is, Jones wants to fight new guys. He beat him. He choked him unconscious,â€ť he says.
â€śThat's some of the problems you run into with these champions that have gone on these long spells. He's up here talking about he wants to fight [Daniel] Cormier, he wants to fight Glover Teixeira. He wants to fight new guys. We'll see what happens."
Machida has gone 2-0 since the loss, scoring wins over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson.
A win over Davis would be enough to say that he sits at the top of the contenders pile, in theory, but there isnâ€™t much public clamor to see him get another title shot. Machida is likely to find himself being leapfrogged by Daniel Cormier if the Strikeforce GP winner drops down in weight.