Lyoto Machida has been patiently waiting. 6-0 in the UFC and 14-0 overall, Machida has been consistently dominant in the Octagon, yet a shot at the Light Heavyweight title has eluded him. There was no denying following his UFC 94 destruction of previously unbeaten Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), that “The Dragon” was indeed ready to be labeled a number one contender.
Despite his dominating performance at UFC 94, it was soon learned that Machida would have to wait for his shot following the results of the Jackson vs. Jardine main event at UFC 96. As expected, Quinton Jackson did defeat Keith Jardine at UFC 96, and at the time it appeared that Lyoto Machida would once again be shelved in the shadows for his shot at glory.