Lyoto Machida is Next in Line for Title Shot, Should Stay at 205
Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is one step closer to regaining his title.
After defeating former Strikeforce 205-pound champion Dan Henderson at UFC 157, Dana White, UFC president, said Machida is the number one contender for the title. Prior to fighting Henderson, the Dragon said he was thinking about dropping to middleweight.
With this latest win and upcoming title shot, the last thing Machida should do is drop to 185. Light Heavyweight has been his weight class since he started fighting and it should be his weight class for the rest of his career.
Machida has one of the best fight records of anyone in the 205 weight class. Among his victories include six UFC champions, an “Ultimate Fighter” winner and a former Strikeforce champion.
With Machida getting the next title shot, the question is will he rematch current champion Jon Jones, who defeated Machida at UFC 140, or face Chael Sonnen, who has traded insults with Machida in the past.
No matter who he faces, Machida will have a tough match ahead of him. Jones was able to beat Machida the first time and could do it again. As for Sonnen, he has a great wrestling, strength and killer instinct. If Machida is not careful, Sonnen could throw him on the canvas and finish him within the first two frames.
One advantage Machida has over both Jones and Sonnen is his striking, which could be more than a match for either foe. He also trains with some of the best fighters in the world.
Although the road back to the light heavyweight title is a long one, Machida should sit back for a little while and celebrate his latest victory. When Sonnen and Jones fight in April and the light heavyweight championship is decided, that is when the Dragon will need to prepare for his next challenge.
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