For much of his career, Lyoto Machida (Pictured) has driven opponents mad with his elusive ways. As “The Dragon” prepares to challenge light heavyweight champ Jon Jones for his crown at UFC 140, Machida isn’t sure if his style is best suited to beat “Bones,” but the 33-year-old does know he’ll stick with what got him to the big dance.
“It’s hard to say what the perfect style is to stop Jones,” Machida told Sherdog. “I have a lot of trust in my skills against any fighter. I won’t change what people have seen, and I’d rather show them in the Octagon instead of talking about it beforehand.
“Jones wasn’t my problem until the UFC booked the fight. I’ll spend a lot of time studying him and find the best way to stop him. I know he’s versatile, but I have my own talents and know what it takes to win.”
The former one-time title holder owns an impressive 17-2 professional record and was last seen retiring Randy Couture at UFC 129 back in April. Although Machida acknowledges ring rust could play a factor in his return, the veteran has kept his skills sharp and isn’t too concerned about his extended layoff.
“I’ve seen athletes that returned from an even longer period of inactivity and had success,” Machida stated. “I’ve been away from the Octagon for less than seven months, and I’ve been training. I won’t have trouble getting back in there.”
What the Brazilian might have issues with is gaining access to middleweight king Anderson Silva. Machida doesn’t believe his buddy will be available to train with him given his demanding schedule. Regardless, they share the management team and the request has been submitted.
“We told Ed [Soares] and Joinha [Guimarães] that we would want to bring in Anderson to help, but I can’t count on that because he has so many obligations, and I respect that,” Machida expressed. “He’s the biggest name in MMA. I would love to have him beside me for this camp and he will be welcomed if he joins us, but I don’t want to count on him and not have it happen.”
UFC 140 takes place December 10th inside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The light heavyweight title affair will headline the pay-per-view broadcast.