Lyoto Machida: “I Can Fight Jacare if Everybody Wants It [Before a UFC Title Shot]”

February 27, 2014
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Lyoto Machida and Ryan Bader UFC on FOX 4Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is fresh off of his second victory at his new weight of 185 pounds. He won a unanimous decision over Gegard Mousasi at the recent UFC Fight Night 36 event in Brazil, which followed his win over Mark Munoz, both upper echelon middleweight fighters.

His success at middleweight has quickly propelled Machida to the top of the list of potential contenders for the belt currently wrapped around UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman‘s waist.

Weidman is currently slated to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 on May 24 in Las Vegas, but the focus right now is on who is next? Will it be Machida, or will it be his countryman Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who was also victorious at UFC Fight Night 36.

While Machida has by most accounts been the leading contender, with Weidman vs. Belfort already on tap, there is growing momentum in a call for Machida and Jacare to square off with the winner getting a crack at the belt.

Even Machida indicated in a recent interview that he is okay with that scenario.

“I can fight Jacare if everybody wants it,” Machida told UFC Tonight on Wednesday night. “I have waited a long time just for title. If I have to do one more fight, I can do.”

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  • Sir_Roy

    I like Machida. Always have. Though, admittedly, I haven’t always been a fan of his fights. He has a moral code and integrity that I can respect. A fight between him and Jacare would be beastly. But I’d rather see him in a higher profile fight against either Weidman or Belfort for the belt. Personal taste.

    • Mihael Hajdin

      I think that fight needs to happen because neither of the two had spectacular performances on the last card, and after the the fight there will be no doubt who is the #1 contender..

  • King_DG

    Machida should be the #1 contender, he beat a guy who KO’d Souza. Maybe Jacare should fight Mousasi again.

    • lowlb

      Machida’s crazy to play around with his (potential) title shot.
      Jacare could beat him and then he’s set back. Machida seems obvious choice to replace Vitor imo..


    Not to mention Rockhold holds a dominant win over Jacare so you gotta go with Machida next in line!

  • shakejunt

    yes, lyoto, you need to actually fight before getting a title shot