MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida says he's hungry enough to upset the taller and younger Jon “Bones” Jones for the light heavyweight title.
“Having won the belt before, I believe it makes you hunger for it more,” Machida said in UFC.com. “That gives me a lot of drive to get the belt back.”
This Saturday (Sunday in Manila), the 33-year-old Machida will have the chance to win the belt again by facing Jones.
Their bout will be the main event of UFC 140, which takes place in Ontario, Canada.
Machida, however, admitted that handling Jones’ unorthodox fighting style is no easy task.
“What spectacular thing is he going to do? Is he going to fly or going to dive in? There's always a surprise factor with Jon Jones,” he said.
“All you can really do is prepare for everything he might try to do,” added Machida.
The Dragon believes he has done everything in training for the fight.
All he has to do, he said, is execute his game plan against the 6’4” Jones.
“I'm going in there and win and get the belt back,” said Machida. “I will be the champion again.”