Lyoto Machida thought he had a light heavyweight title shot lined up, but the UFC changes frequently. The next title shot went to Alexander Gustafsson and Machida was given Phil Davis. With the fight coming from Machida’s home country of Brazil and a title opportunity looming, “Mr. Wonderful” isn’t feeling any pressure.
“There is a lot of pressure on Machida,” said Davis on Inside MMA. “He wants that title shot and absolutely has to win this fight. He’s fighting in his hometown and it’s a lot of pressure going into your town and fighting. Me on the other hand, I’m going to do what I do. I make things happen. I’m looking for a title shot too.”
Davis recently took the decision opposite Vinny Magalhaes at UFC 159, following a long verbal tirade between the two. It improved Davis to 11-1 with Rashad Evans being the only one to solve him.
Machida has won his last two, defeating Dan Henderson in a split-decision at UFC 157 in February. He held the title briefly in late 2009.
They meet on the main card of UFC 163. It’s August 3 as the promotion returns to the HSBC Arena.