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Quote of the Day: “It Doesn’t Make Sense” for Lyoto Machida to Fight Alexander Gustafsson

(I’ll never let go, Lyoto. I’ll never let go…)

We’re of two minds about the latest interview snippet from Lyoto Machida’s manager, Jorge Guimaraes, in which he all but sealed the door on the potential of a Machida/Alexander Gustafsson fight following the Swede’s call out of Machida some weeks ago. On one hand, Machida was promised a title shot with a win over Dan Henderson at UFC 157, and to his credit, he was able to do so (albeit in rather tepid fashion). On the other hand, Dana White then promised Gustafsson a title shot with a win over Gegard Mousasi before that all fell apart.

But on the third hand, Machida was offered a shot against Jon Jones on short notice at UFC 152, then turned the goddamn thing down. Throw in the fact that Jones already choked Machida unconscious at UFC 140 and couldn’t care less if he ever fought Machida again, and it would appear that the Brazilian isn’t exactly in the position to be making demands. Regardless, Guimaraes told Lancenet that Machida would prefer to sit on the sidelines until this whole Jones/Sonnen nonsense is finished (translation via FightersOnly):

Lyoto is on stand-by list waiting for the winner of Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen. I think it is almost impossible for Chael to win this bout, but anything may happen. A fight is a fight, but it has already been scheduled, there’s no history about it.

Lyoto is the number one contender and he is only waiting to see who is going to be the winner of this fight. He is not convinced about Jones…he is not convinced from that loss.

The fight between Jones and Sonnen is going to happen now, it doesn’t make sense to fight Alexander. We’re almost there. If it were a little before, this fight could have already happened, but he just fought… and Dana White has made it clear that Lyoto is the number one. We’ll be waiting. 

First off…not convinced? For a guy who has been on both ends of some questionable decisions in his career, you’d think Machida would at least give due credit to the guy who was responsible for turning him into the human water urine balloon pictured above. And secondly, Machida’s reasoning seems to hinge on the fact that Jones will come out completely unscathed from his fight with Sonnen on the 27th. Actually, that one seems about right.

In either case, we think it’s safe to say that the promos for Jones/Machida II are going to suuuuuuuck

-J. Jones

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Mr.MatterofFact- April 18, 2013 at 10:27 am
First of all, you losers in here bitching about Lyoto The Dragon Machida who has had one of the most successful MMA careers period can just stop right there. This is Mixed Martial Arts meaning everyone fights the way that works for them. Lyoto has took it to mad fighters you morons . Are you gonna sit here and tell me that Lyoto ran from Rashad Evans?? Who was the undefeated champ at the time your full of crap. Who cares if you don't buy the PPV this is not a popularity contest. Your earn your way in this sport and Lyoto earned it. If you wanna see “action" the way you guys are insinuating then go brawl with your best friend in the front yard cause that's as far as you'd get . Do you know how many times a number 1 contender lost his first attempt at the belt and earned a rematch and won? (Pacqiuo/Marquez) (Tarver/Jones) so on and so on . It's no mystery why you guys are not fighters, and if you claim to be, it's no secret why no one knows who you are or ever will. Talk about ignorance and disrespect for a true master fighter. Now I respect Jon Jones he's a fighting machine but let's be real his biggest advantage is his size and reach. If he was Lyotos body frame and height it be a different story I promise. Even versus Rashad and Vitor. Soo
Nippletwist- April 18, 2013 at 1:41 am
gus is my dude hes just a better matchup for jones no one wants to see machida get stomped again give someone new a turn
stak- April 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm
I'd buy the ppv with Jones vs Gustaffson but there is no way in hell I would pay to watch Jones vs Machida II. Not right now at least.
LOKI- April 17, 2013 at 12:58 pm
Actually Machida was promised a title shot if he beat Bader. He did. And Hendo. Gus was promised a shot if he beat Gegard...He hasnt. Machida 2-0 in guaranteed title-shot-with-a-wins. Gus is 0-0. Seem Fair?
mookiestick- April 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm
If Machida can perform like he did in the first round of the Jones fight, it could be competetive. He got choked out in round 2 but won round 1 handily.

It makes sense to me, wait for the Jones\Sonnen fight to resolve itself and then fight the winner of that. He gave Jones the most trouble he's ever had and he and Sonnen have some bad blood.

I'm not sold on Gustaffson. Phil Davis handed him his ass...
algiersheadkick504- April 17, 2013 at 10:45 am
It kinda makes sense strategy wise. If he uses the same gameplan against Gus cause the whole reach and movement of both tall guys, the he would only show Jones his new stategy for him to counter...but then again who wants to sed them fightagain anyway and machida isn't too good at rematches
jcv1986- April 17, 2013 at 10:30 am
Machida was a fav, at one time. Since watching the henderson fight though, I can't watch anyone dance around the ring for 15, and win. Machida is not in a position to b picking fights. Machida Vs Gustafsson.
cman- April 17, 2013 at 9:47 am
Admitted machida fan here, I like guys who break from the wrestling/boxing or Thai/BJJ Molds that are creating boring fights and kill the styles of mma matchups. I saw machida confuse jones, actually break thru his reach a few times, and actually make him work, more so than anyone save belfort. Yes the finish was decisive, but we've also seen machida go back to his karate base more since, added silva hand movement and unorthodoxies strikes since. I would be interested in a rematch, and would like Gustafson to get 1-2 more top tier fights prior anyway. He's good but could definitely use some polish pre jones.
I'm ok with either scenario. Machida v jones/gust. Make it happen Dana.
Fried Taco- April 17, 2013 at 9:17 am
If he really wants the next title shot, he should fight Gustafsson. And win, of course. Step up to the plate, pee-breath!