Patience is one of Lyoto Machida’s most dangerous skills when he’s inside the Octagon but now he must be patient outside of it as he saw a UFC 98 title shot slip through his hands as Quinton Jackson earned the nod after defeating Keith Jardine on Saturday night.
“The Dragon” now finds himself in a predicament, the same predicament that Kenny Florian found himself in after defeating Roger Huerta. Should he compete again to keep the rust off or wait and not risk blowing his title shot.
If you look at his situation from the perspective of the UFC, following a Jackson vs. Evans main event at UFC 98, the winner should be facing Machida. The problem is, that fight could take place anywhere from 3-6 months after their May 23rd showdown.
It’ll be interesting to see what Machida will do but if history means anything, he’ll be patient.