Originally Posted by Primate
I was thinking this when watching him fight. He'll never be champ again while Jones is around, he won't be a perennial no. 2 either, because I think he'd be trading losses with some of the top guys in the division.
He could do some really interesting things in an Anderson-free 185.
I don't think Machida will beat Jones, but I wouldn't write him off completely.
I think Machida could become a perennial no 2, as I can't see who'd beat him in that division now. Shogun is not the fighter he was when he beat Machida, and the other contenders (Gustafsson, Davis, L'il Nog, Rashad) are not as good as LM, no chance.