MMA News: Lyoto Machida, Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping and More

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In a pre-fight interview for, Lyoto Machida said he’s taking the title back.

“Having won the belt before, I believe it makes you hunger for it more. You want to feel the weight of that heavy belt on your waist after winning. That gives me a lot of drive to get the belt back. I have a lot of will and desire to win the belt back again. I’ve spent my entire life training and working for it. I’m even more determined to get a victory this time. Perhaps even more than the first time I won the belt. I watch and study Jon Jones’ fights thoroughly and really it’s about preparing for everything. What spectacular thing is he going to do? Is he going to fly or is he going to be diving in? There’s always going to be a surprise factor with Jon Jones. All you can really do is prepare for everything he might try to do. If I do that I will be ready to face whatever he is going to bring during the fight. I have been preparing and training 100% and I’m gonna be 100% the day of the fight. I am going to go in there and win and get the belt back. I will be the champion again.”

If anyone could wrest the title from Jon Jones’ hands it would be Machida. Jones hasn’t fought someone with the style of Machida. Machida is very elusive, yet can strike from any angle. Not that Jones shouldn’t be favored, but it will be interesting to see how the young champion deals with the puzzle that is Machida Karate.

In an interview with MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant, Tito Ortiz said he may retire after his current contract is up.

“Maybe it’s time. I don’t know. I guess when I leave on my own terms — and I look at it as, when I don’t have fun coming in the gym anymore, sparring and pushing myself and running every day, maybe it is time. I’m not overstaying my welcome. My goal in my whole career was to do 15 years in MMA. May 30th will be my 15th year of fighting in the UFC and in MMA, in general…This will be fight No. 26 for me, I think. So I’ll have 27 and walk away. I think I’ve done good. I don’t know. But you never know. You never know if Dana and Lorenzo come to me with some numbers that make sense to me. I’m healthy. I just don’t want to have another surgery in my neck or my back anymore. My doctor says, ‘Out of surgery, you’ll get three years. And after that, you may have to have surgery again if you keep doing the banging.’ Is it worth it not being able to run with my kids or wrestle with my kids or throw a football with my kids when they get older? A million dollars ain’t worth it.”

He has nothing to prove, and I figured he would retire after this contract. This young guns are just too good for the old guard. Especially fro someone like Ortiz who has gone through multiple back surgeries. He’s absolutely right, no need to risk the rest of your life for another contract.

The UFC announced that Rashad Evans will take on undefeated Phil Davis on the UFC on Fox 2 card on January 28 as the Main Event, and that Chael Sonnen will face Mark Munoz in the co-Main Event. Both the Main Event and co-Main Event of the evening will be title-eliminator fights.

This card is just as big as the first Fox card if you ask me, and Dana White said there is still ‘one more headliner’ to be added. Can’t wait!

Michael Bisping told that he wants a title shot, or at least a top fighter next. “I class myself as one of the best in the world. I think I consistently prove that, and I want to fight for the belt. I’ve been around the UFC a long time, and that’s what I want to do. That’s what all fighters want to do…It looks like Chael and Mark Munoz, they’re going to fight for the No. 1 contender. Fair enough. In the meantime, I want to fight whoever it is that gets me closer to that belt, whoever it is. Whoever the top guys are out there, I want to fight them.”

I think Bisping already deserves a shot at Anderson Silva. He wouldn’t last a round, but he has put in the work to give it a shot. But, if Sonnen/Munoz is the #1 contender, give Bisping Alan Belcher.

UFC lightweight Cody McKenzie took to Twitter to pass along word of his next bout. According to him, he’ll be taking on former TUF teammate, Michael Johnson, at the UFC on Fox 2 card in Chicago on January 28.

This fight ought to be entertaining. McKenzie is pretty much fighting for his UFC career, and if Johnson doesn’t at least show something in defeat, he is too.