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Lyoto Machida asks for better title shot criteria in the UFC, wouldn't avoid fight with Anderson Silva

"The Dragon" says that he'll be patient if the UFC confirms "The Spider" as the next title challenger at middleweight.

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Lyoto Machida prefers not to complain about a possible delayed title shot if Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz on January 31, at UFC 183. However, "The Dragon" told that he's confused about the UFC criteria and asked for more specific rules for everyone to understand how a title fight is earned.

"I can't say if it's fair or unfair. Anderson has a big history behind him, his not a nobody. If Dana White says that he will fight for the title, I won't contest. I just think that the criteria should be stronger and better defined but we have to move on. I'm not a guy to be complaining, I like to focus on my work."

Lyoto also says that he would accept a fight with Anderson but doubts it would be a possibility in the near future.

"Everyone asks me if I would face him but it's a bout far away of happening. Of course I would. As a professional, I would do it. The audience would like to watch. But it's a fight out of context and to me it isn't going to happen, so I don't like to talk about."

Before thinking about another title shot in the Middleweight division, Lyoto will face Luke Rockhold in the main event of UFC on FOX 15 on April 18. The former UFC Light Heavyweight champion fought for the 185-pounds belt at UFC 175, when he lost to Chris Weidman by unanimous decision.

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