Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ocean Front Property in Arizona.
I would love to see Machida get the belt back, obviously, but facts are facts our karate kid is on a two fight losing streak.
Now if he beats Couture then it bumps him right back into the mix, anyone who says that talent wise he isn't capable of beating Shogun or Rashad again, Rampage, or Jones is a fool. But he'd need atleast two more fights to build himself up as a worthy title challenger.
I personally think the winner of Rampage/Hamill is up next and if you don't think that the UFC would put Hamill who could become a major story and would have defeated Rampage, Jardine, Tito, Jones albeit by a very iffy decision by Steve Mazzagatti, and Mark Munoz in a title fight, you're crazy. Be real a Jones/Hamill rematch promoted by the fact Hamill is the first deaf athlete competiting for a world championship(correct me if I'm wrong) would be a big deal in sports media.
As for Lyoto, I think he's not too far behind if he finishes Randy, but I think after Randy, Ryan Bader or Phil Davis is his next stop. I think we'll see Shogun/Forrest II, but Forrest/Machida does also make sense and could happen but pending it doesn't. I see no reason for Lyoto not to take those fights, he is on his way back up after all and Bader and Davis are top ten guys that can be added to the growing legend of the Dragon.
After all, we don't really wanna bet on Ryan Bader against Machida, do we?
Regardless, like always through the good and the bad, I'll be propped up on the couch on the verge of a stroke cheering The Dragon like there's no tomorrow, and hoping that the belt comes back home.