Jon Jones’ 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 isn’t necessarily the case, say White.
“The problem with the Machida [rematch] thing is, Jones wants to fight new guys. He beat him. He choked him unconscious,” he says.
“That'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 isn’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.