Following a loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and surgery on his elbow, Lyoto Machida continues to train and work his way back to 100 percent. Once “The Dragon” reaches the level, he has an opponent in mind for his next fight: Dan Henderson.
“He’s a legend in the sport, a champion in many events like Rings, PRIDE, Strikeforce…I’d like to test my technique against his,” said Machida, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “I know he’s in the line for the belt, but if his fight against Jon Jones doesn’t happen, I’d like to fight him.”
Henderson, who passed up a match with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, would likely be the one to face Jones next if Rashad Evans is either hurt or defeated in his match with Phil Davis tonight at UFC on FOX 2. Machida, meanwhile, is targeting a spring return to the Octagon.
“Well, I believe in 20 days I’ll be 100 percent and prepared for a tougher training that involves fighting on which I can train my whole body,” said Machida, who added he’s be willing to move to middleweight for the bout. “I’m waiting for UFC’s suggestion. I guess in April or May.”
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