Jon Jones: I would be more than happy to play Lyoto Machida's "distance game"Posted on November 30, 2011, 11:35 AM by Anton Gurevich
"I always knew that I would fight Lyoto one day. Lyoto's a great opponent, man, he's game. I think he takes this sport seriously. I think he's unpredictable, he's fast. Lyoto loves distance and I love distance but I have the longer limbs and I believe I'm just as fast. So if Lyoto wants to play the distance game with me, I think that's going to be awesome. ... I will defeat Lyoto Machida. I believe that it's my destiny to be UFC champion for many years." - UFC.com (transcribed by MMAMania.com)
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will look to go through another obstacle on his way to becoming a legend, this time facing Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 140 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fans and experts alike consider Machida as a tricky match-up for Jon Jones, in light of his unorthodox Shotkan Karate-inspired movement inside the cage. Lyoto Machida, nicknamed "The Dragon", lost his title to Mauricio Rua at UFC 114, after going on a historic 8-fight winning streak in the UFC Light Heavyweight division.