Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has been making waves about dropping to middleweight for a while now. But his latest suggestion was all kinds of weird. In an interview with Globo, said he'd be ready to start training in 10 days to fight in December if necessary, and thought the idea of a bout with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was a good one (translated by Fighters Only):
"It would be an interesting karate duel but I don't know at what weight we would do it. If it is at 185lbs, I will go for it."
But that is clearly not what's going to happen. At a press conference in England today, the idea was brought up to UFC president Dana White, and he replied in typical Dana fashion:
"Where the f*ck did that come from? Him (GSP) and Anderson (Silva) makes all the sense in the world. Him and Machida makes no sense whatsoever.
Doesn't that kind of tell you something? Everyone was looking for that number one contender's spot, and suddenly no one wants to be the number one contender in the light heavyweight division? Pretty interesting."
So what is next for Machida? It appears to be Dan Henderson. Here's what Dana said when asked about that bout:
"We're still working it all out."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it is the fight that makes the most sense in Jon Jones needs or wants some time on the shelf. My guess is that bout would go down in January.