Before UFC on FOX 4, where Lyoto Machida (18-3) was declared the new No. 1 contender for the light heavyweight championship, he wasn’t opposed to finishing his trilogy with Maurício Rua (21-6). Machida is set to fight the winner of Jon Jones (16-1) vs. Dan Henderson (29-8).
“Maybe me and Shogun make the third fight than Jones,” said Machida. “Shogun against me would be great.”
Machida and Rua fought back-to-back fights at UFC 104 and UFC 113 over the light heavyweight championship. Each has one victory over the other.
Dana White announced at the conclusion of UFC on FOX 4 that Machida earned the next for championship, due of his performance that night and frequently asking for another chance to reclaim the title.