Lyoto Machida is penciled in as the No. 1 contender to the UFC light heavyweight title in the latest rankings released earlier this week by the promotion. That should mean he gets the next crack at the title, but all bets are off when it comes to that.
Machida, who defeated Dan Henderson last month to secure his positioning, must wait for Jon Jones to defend his title against Chael Sonnen next month. Also, Alexander Gustafsson has been called the No. 1 contender previously.
For “The Dragon,” he is just happy the UFC decided to put together official rankings so that fighters can see where they stand.
“We had no notion of who was ahead and where (before the rankings),” said Machida, in a recent interview with Tatame. “Now it’s easier and we have a criteria to be assessed, as in tennis and boxing.”
UFC president Dana White has stated the rankings are not an end-all in determining future fights, but they do help give fans and fighters something else to discuss.
Machida previously was defeated by Jones, and turned down a short-notice bout with him last year following a win over Ryan Bader. He again stated his desire to remain active, saying, “The belt is an unique opportunity, but fighting (again) is a great chance. Maybe in a combined weight (catch-weight) or category below).”