Lyoto Machida not impressed with the rise of Jon JonesPosted on November 30, 2011, 04:30 PM by Trent Reinsmith
The Light Heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida is fast approaching and as is often the case, the gamesmanship is beginning to ratchet up. Jones, the current champion and Machida, the former champion will meet on December 10 in Toronto, Ontario.
Machida will be Jones’ fourth fight this year, and many believe he will present the biggest challenge to date for the 14-1 champion. On the other hand, many have said that Jones is the future of the Light Heavyweight division, with many fans and pundits prediction a long reign for the 24-year old fighter.
Machida, who had put together a record of 16-0 before falling to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, is not buying the hype. "Jones' rise doesn't impress me. I had my moments in the UFC, too." – for more see ABS-CBNnews.com
Machida’s statement is not false, as we are not too far removed from what Joe Rogan declared “the Machida era” after he took the belt from the previously unbeaten Rashad Evans at UFC 98.
What do you think Lowkick’ers, is Machida the fighter that will derail the locomotive that is Jon Jones?
Photo: UFC fighter Lyoto Machida at the Black House gym in Gardena, California on October 20, 2009. Francis Specker