Former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida is quickly making his way through the comeback trail. Although he hasn’t been seen since getting put to sleep by reigning king Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 113 in May, “The Dragon” is firing on all cylinders once again and has a couple of peeps on his mind.
“Honestly, we’d like to fight Shogun,” Machida’s manager, Ed Soares, told MMAjunkie.com. “Now it’s 1-1. It’s even. Let’s do this rubber match. Let’s figure this out. Granted, Lyoto won by decision and Shogun won decisively, but anyone can get caught in this sport. He went in for the kill, and unfortunately, he got caught.”
Although Shogun will be shooting blanks until early 2011 following his third knee surgery, it hasn’t stopped Team Machida’s immediate championship aspirations.
“Since Shogun is out – they’re saying until March – personally, when there’s an injured champion, I would love to see maybe a [Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida] match for the interim title,” said Soares. “I think that would be something that would be cool, and the winner of that would get to fight Shogun when he’s all healed up in the spring of next year.”
While his manger continues to try and sell a fourth consecutive title bout for his client, Machida has been concentrating on the only thing he can control – the persistent evolution of his mixed martial arts game. He recently met up with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva at Team Black House to hone his skills.
“I came here to the States to train a lot more wrestling, and of course to spend a lot more time training with Anderson,” Machida told the website. “I think he’s good training for me, especially for my upcoming opponent, whoever that may be. But I’m healed. I’m ready to go, and I’m ready to get back in there and fight as soon as they give me someone.”
No word on when the 32-year-old might return to action or who his next adversary will be.