LYOTO MACHIDA - Machida, who came into Saturday's fight with Henderson as the No. 2 contender, beat No. 1, and White pointed out those numbers to say Machida would get the next title shot at the winner of the April 27 bout with Jones vs. Sonnen.
But he hardly sounded thrilled saying it. When it was later suggested, given Machida's performance, if Gustafsson picks up an impressive win on April 6 in Stockholm, Sweden over Gegard Mousasi, could it be Gustafsson getting the shot, White didn't really give an answer. But he certainly made it clear he hadn't closed his mind to that possibility.
Machida already lost via second-round guillotine to Jones on Dec. 10, 2011, in Toronto. The show did weaker numbers than most Jones fights. Jones made it clear Machida is a guy he would prefer not to fight, noting he's the most difficult opponent to have a good fight with, and to prepare for, and he can't make the same level of money with him.
Machida did look impressive on FOX with a win over Ryan Bader. He was criticized for turning down a short-notice shot at Jones in September. He probably shouldn't have been, given the magnitude to his career a second loss to Jones would have had, and he'd be foolish to try and fight someone as talented as Jones when he wasn't in his best condition.
But the reality is, while Machida has a chance to befuddle and frustrate anyone, including Jones, and win a close decision, it's hardly the match-up, nor the kind of match, that the public wants to see.