Lyoto Machida may have gone sixteen fights unbeaten and became the UFC’s light-heavyweight champion before losing to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, but the Brazilian still feels he has something left to prove when he steps into the octagon against Rampage Jackson at UFC 123.
“In every fight you have to prove why you are there. You have to prove something that tells people and event tells yourself why you are in there and why you deserve to be there,” Machida tells UFC.com in his pre-fight interview.
Defeating a well known star like Rampage would be one of the biggest wins of his career, but the most important factor for Machida is that it puts him back on the title track.
“I believe whoever wins this fight is going to be shot up to the top of the ladder in the 205lb division. I hope I can do enough to prove that I’m back in for the title shot, or fight again and then fight for the title.”
In his pre-fight interviews to date Rampage has been critical of Machida’s counter-striking style, branding him, “boring,” but Machida shrugs off such claims.
“There is a lot that can be said until the gates of the octagon lock. Once the gate is locked anything can happen. We are equals in there, no one has an advantage, and we are really going to see who is the best in the cage.”
Watch Machida’s full pre-fight interview below.