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Lyoto Machida Would Like to Fight Alexander Gustafsson Now, If That’s Still Cool


(Lyoto sees that you see what he did there, and will not let it affect his afternoon beverage of choice.) 

Whenever one of my boxer-pilates-yogacise students approach me about dropping my bi-weekly class at the Y because it is “too intense” or “too racist” or “makes no Goddamn sense,” my answer is always the same: “Give it a fortnight, young grasshopper, then decide. Also, can I borrow some bus fare?” Because a lot can change in a couple weeks, simply put, and I wouldn’t want any of my students saying something they regretted and earning an eternal enemy in the process.

At the bare minimum, it’s a philosophy that former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida can appreciate. Because roughly two weeks ago, “The Dragon” stated through his management that it “didn’t make sense” for him to fight the #2-ranked contender Alexander Gustafsson despite being called out by him, what with a guaranteed rematch with Jon Jones looming on the horizon and all.

Unfortunately for Machida, Jones is going to spend the next 6 months recovering from the toecapitation he suffered against Chael Sonnen last weekend, and has stated that he would prefer to face Gustafsson when he returns from his layoff. And wouldn’t you know it, Machida has suddenly changed his tune on the whole Gustafsson issue, but only because Jones is injured, we assure you.

So there you have it, Jon. If you won’t fight Machida again, he’ll make damn sure that there are no viable contenders left in the light heavyweight division for you to face in his absence. It’s a strategy that has been shockingly effective thus far.

-J. Jones

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cahutyzuqys- April 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm
upto I saw the draft which had said $6397, I didn't believe that my cousin had been actually taking home money part-time from their computer.. there sisters roommate has done this for only twenty one months and as of now cleard the debts on their cottage and got themselves a Toyota. I went here, www.ask22.com
algiersheadkick504- April 30, 2013 at 10:50 am
I'm sick of trying to determine if lyoto is still relevant or not. I think Gus will be the third man to put lyoto to sleep
teep- April 29, 2013 at 4:38 pm
And there really isn't anything else better to watch if the belt isn't being defended. Maybe Silva will change this whole train of thought if he really does want to fight Jones next.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm
This fight makes sense. The only downside I see is that both of these guys are pretty much counter punchers who do their most damage when somebody else gets overly aggressive, which sometimes is a recipe for a boring disaster of epic proportions. If they both fought the way they did in their last fights it would be the backwards racewalk 1000m Olympics.
Pen Fifteen- April 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm
We've already seen Gus against an aggressive wrestler when he got taken down and submitted by Phil Davis. I'm fine with this fight, because I felt his win over Shogun was more a matter of Shogun looking like shit than Gus looking like a viable number-one contender.

At the very least, this matchup leaves open the possibility for either fighter to head into a matchup with Jones riding the momentum of a decisive victory, something neither produced in his last outing. As with 170 and 185, 205 is going to become a snoozer of a class if no one can emerge as an asskicker on the order of Jones. At this point, I'd rather see the contenders duke it out with one another than have them head for a virtual death sentence against the top dog.
cman- April 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm
LHW, WAS the premier weight class, now the up and comers were fired after the old guard last hurrah'ed em out or into different weights. Now it's jones, guff, and machida (ish). I do like how he has modified his approach some and is much less predictable. Otherwise it's very weak and old.
Tai-Pan- April 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm
I am down for this fight, and think it would be really entertaining although I am a Machida fan. The only draw back is if Gus wins he really hasn't proven he can wrestle yet. Machida has some awesome TDD but I'd like to see how Gus deals an aggressive wrestler. Come to think of it I have no idea who fits that bill at LHW anymore. Fuck it, make it happen.
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