It would seem that Lyoto Machida’s unwillingness to do battle with Jon Jones for a second time on only four weeks’ notice at UFC 152 has come back to haunt the former champion. According to UFC president Dana White, “The Dragon” is no longer the incumbent number-one contender for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. “He’ll have to fight again,” Dana White told Ariel Helwani during their “One-On-One” special for UFC Tonight on Fuel.
Machida originally earned the slot by knocking out Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4 last month, but the karateka must now wait in the wings and earn another victory inside the octagon. While it was an unpopular decision by the UFC to grant a title shot to the Brazilain after only one win, the current state of the 205 lb. weight class leaves little to offer in way of viable challengers for Jon Jones at this juncture. The decision to strip Lyoto of his title shot further shines a light on the question mark that is what’s next for the division.