Lyoto Machida eyes Jon Jones rematch, wants Dan Henderson nextPosted on January 30, 2012, 12:50 PM by Joey Santosus
"I don’t agree, but it’s his personal opinion, we gotta respect. But I don’t agree. I believe there are athletes who can defeat him. I guess being well trained is possible, I believe in my work and, within time, I guess I’ll have another opportunity. My next step is not Jon Jones, I’m not thinking about it. I’m much more worried about my next fight.
I’m waiting UFC’s suggestion. I guess in April or May, but in case it doesn’t happen I’ll suggest Dan Henderson, who’s a good guy. I know he’s on the line for the belt, but if this fight against Jon Jones doesn’t happen, I’d like to fight him. He’s a legend in the sport, a champion in many events, like Rings, Pride, Strikeforce… I’d like to test my technique against his." - For complete interview with Lyoto Machida, visit Tatame.com
Looks like Lyoto Machida has a "bone" to pick with Anderson Silva.
Recently speaking to Portal TV, "The Spider" admitted that, in his opinion, there is currently no Brazilian with the skills to defeat Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. It's an assertion that appears to fly directly in the face of his teammate and training partner, Machida, who says that, though he respect's Silva's opinion, they'll have to agree to disagree.
The latest challenger to Jones' throne, Machida was choked unconscious after finding himself on the business end of a standing guillotine. Now prepared to begin his climb back up the 205-pound latter, Machida hopes to earn a second shot at recapturing the gold, and says he'd prefer to start by "testing his technique" against Dan Henderson. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Would a Machida-Jones rematch go any differently from their first encounter? And is targeting Hendo really the best course of action to make it happen?
Further Reading: Anderson Silva: I don't see anyone in Brazil that can beat Jon Jones
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