By Jamie McAllister
UFC President Dana White comments in an interview with Inside MMA.
At UFC On FOX 4 Lyoto Machida stopped Light-Heavyweight contender Ryan Bader impressively in the second round. At the post-fight press conference Dana White confirmed that Machida would be receiving the next shot at the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title.
White commented on his decision and revealed that is simply came down to who wanted the shot more.
“Everything about Lyoto Machida tells me he wants that title shot worse than ‘Shogun’ does. He’ll fight anybody. You can tell he wants that title shot worse than ‘Shogun,’ in my opinion, and he looked good tonight. He knocked Bader out convincingly. He didn’t take any damage, and he had a good showing against Jones in his last fight.”
Prior to the bout with Bader the new number one contender Machida faced Champion Jon Jones for his title and was stopped in the second round and left unconscious on the canvas. Jones faces Dan Henderson at UFC 151 and should Jones defeat Hendo it will confirm the rematch with Machida.
Many fans are against a Jones vs. Machida rematch as the first bout was finished so decisively, however White has a simple message for the critics.
“Don’t watch it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. It’s what everyone said about this card. All these geniuses who have all the answers are judging cards before they happen. you don’t judge something until after it happens. to judge it before is completely stupid.”
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