Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida turned down a chance to face Jon Jones for the title last year citing a lack of preparation time. Now, as he prepares to meet Dan Henderson Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche, “The Dragon” is completely focused on the task at hand.
Machida (18-3) has gone 2-3 in his last five, but did finish Ryan Bader in his most recent fight. The losses have come at the hands of Jones, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
After winning his first 16 fights, Machida became known as the most elusive fighter on the UFC’s roster. His style caused problems, but it would appear the opposition has figured him out.
“I think the more you fight, the more predictable you become,” said Machida, during the pre-fight press conference Thursday. “People learn what you are going to do, and you are more prone to get hit.”
Machida added that he is “always trying to improve,” and that he brought in several different sparring partners to work with in training camp.
As for the talk of a potential rematch with Jones looming for the winner, Machida stated, “my focus is on Dan Henderson.”