Folks who want to see Daniel Cormier throw down with Jon Jones or Alexander Gustafsson were likely thrilled to hear him say he plans on calling for an immediate title shot at 205, after he battles Roy Nelson, but Lyoto Machida isn’t one of them.
Of course, considering Machida is ranked as the #1 contender in the light-heavyweight division and is coming off wins over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, no one should be terribly surprised. The 35 year-old, former champion was asked to comment on Cormier’s agenda during a media call Thursday, to promote UFC 163 and Machida’s upcoming bout with Phil Davis.
“I believe there’s a ranking and it should be followed,” said Machida, who was choked out by Jones at UFC 140 in December, 2011. “There’s a lot of guys in line right now at this weight class to fight for a title. I’ve been waiting in line, there’s Glover Teixeira, there’s Phil Davis, so there’s a lot of guys in there in the mix.”
“If he’s going to move down to 205, he’s going to need to put a couple fights in, or at least have a significant win in a big fight, and I don’t think it’s right for him to just come in and cut the line. I think he’s going to have to show that he deserves that title shot.”
UFC President Dana White acknowledged a while back that Cormier could be tapped for a title shot if he drops to 205, but that doesn’t necessarily mean “DC” will get one if he defeats Nelson at UFC 166. If Cormier wins in dominant or highlight reel fashion then his chances might be pretty good, If he doesn’t, however, and either Machida or Teixeira wow fans in their upcoming bouts, one of those two could get the nod.
Teixeira will fight Ryan Bader on September 4th at UFC Fight Night 28.