Lyoto Machida Said That Waiting For Title Shot is Also An Option

Published on February 18th, 2014 4:14 pm EST

Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida has a number of different options right now.

According to reports, Machida does NOT have a broken foot, which means that he will be able to return to action in a relatively short period of time.

Following his victory over Gegard Mousasi, many people mentioned Machida as likely receiving the next shot at the Middleweight title.

The problem?

Vitor Belfort is scheduled to take on Chris Weidman in late May, which means that Machida would likely be on the shelf until the fall if he wanted to wait for his shot at the title, and that's assuming that the winner of Belfort/Weidman doesn't get injured.

Machida recently stated that he is willing to wait for a shot at the title if need be, but that he would also be interested in fighting either Jacare Souza or Michael Bisping.

Bisping is currently set to take on Tim Kennedy at the Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in April, while Souza is coming off of a victory over Francis Carmont. Souza may not be an immediate option for Machida, as apparently Souza is going to have surgery to remove bone fragments from his left arm.

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Even if Machida wanted to fight immediately, there is really nobody that is available in the near-term, unless he wants to drop and face somebody who is lower in the division, and I don't think that Machida wants to do that.

No matter what, Machida is likely to be on the shelf until at least the summer.


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