UFC light heavyweight No. 1 contender Lyoto Machida doesn’t want to remain idle as the division sorts itself out at the top. After defeating Dan Henderson recently and securing his title shot, Machida wants to get back to work as quickly as possible.
However, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is currently booked for an April meeting with Chael Sonnen at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen. That leaves the former champion in Machida without an opponent for now.
“Let’s see what happens in that fight and the timeline that they come up with,” said Machida, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio recently. “A lot of things can happen, but depending on the timing, I could even do another fight at a catch-weight or something else to not lose the rhythm.”
Machida turned down a title match with Jones last year after Henderson was injured, and UFC officials told him he would have to secure a victory to remain in the running for a rematch. Back in 2011, Jones choked “The Dragon” out in a successful title defense.
“It’s not just about the belt for me,” Machida said. “I want to keep challenging myself so it’s really not just about one thing.”