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MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani caught up with Dana White recently to discuss a number of current topics, including this weekend's UFC 140 card. When the subject of people questioning Lyoto Machida receiving a title shot despite being 1-2 in his last three fights, White had plenty to say.
From the interview:
Well would you deny that he's not one of the top 10 guys in the world? It's like Jon Jones said today, he's sees Lyoto Machida as one of those guys that I'm gonna have to fight him eventually. He's one of the best in the world, I'm eventually gonna fight him. Now's the time to do it. And anyone who says that he doesn't deserve a shot at the title, do you think that this fight is gonna suck? And that it's not gonna be interesting and that it's not gonna be fun? And do you think that there's not gonna be a remote possibility that there's no way that Lyoto can't win this fight? That's just people being stupid.
Machida seems, to me anyway, to be one of the few men with a logical path to victory against Jones, and his two losses were to Mauricio Rua and Quinton Jackson, both men that Jones defeated and thus don't have a better claim to a title shot than Machida.
The only guy who does have a better case for a shot is Rashad Evans, and the UFC has certainly tried to make that fight a few times.
Video of the interview after the jump.