Things change often in the UFC and that goes double for the light heavyweight division. Lyoto Machida was thought to have been the No. 1 contender since beating Dan Henderson earlier in the year, but “The Dragon” now faces Phil Davis.
When it comes to title shots, Machida knows nothing is official until it’s signed.
“The UFC is unpredictable,” said Machida to TATAME. “I’d rather not even think about the belt. The belt is important, but every fight is like a title. I always want to fight for a chance, but do not want to be creating anticipation.”
Prior to the Henderson win, Machida finished Ryan Bader in the second round at UFC on FOX 4.
Davis comes in off two of his own wins. They came from Wagner Prado and Vinny Magalhaes, with the most recent occurring at April’s UFC 159.
They’re set for the main card of UFC 163. It’s August 3 from Brazil’s HSBC Arena.