Lyoto Machida: "they prefer Chuck with the belt"

Written by Tim Ngo
July 8th, 2008

After watching UFC 86 this past weekend, Light Heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida had some opinions of his own. “Quinton defeated Forrest, but they give it to Forrest,” Machida told Brazilian magazine Tatame. He went on to say that he believes the UFC prefers to have Chuck Liddell as the Light Heavyweight champion because of his marketability.

“I think that now they [the UFC] are going to put him [Forrest Griffin] against Chuck Liddell to him to take the belt again,” Machida went on to say.

The result of the main event at UFC 86 has been a topic of much debate since Griffin was named victorious over former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson.

Machida is currently waiting for his next opponent. Many feel that he’s only one win away from getting a title shot of his own.

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