The next man to challenge Jon Jones’ light heavyweight strap is unknown at this time as UFC president Dana White says its between Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida. Likely Jackson after his win over Hamill hinted White, but already Jackson has cited a hand injury that may pass down the title shot to Machida.
Following this news, Machida tells Tatame Magazine that he is ready for the possible shot to regain his title.
“There’s nothing yet, but it’s a great chance for me,” Lyoto said. “I don’t want to create hopes, I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but if they do it I’ll get this big opportunity to restart my walk in the UFC”.
“I’m ready… I’m already moving to another training part, and it’d be ready to fight in 12 weeks”.
“We know Jones is a great champion, he showed why (against Shogun), but everybody has strong and weak points,” said Machida, who was pointed as unbeatable before losing to Rua. “I haven’t studied Jones’ game yet because he was never ‘my problem’, but I already saw him fighting”.