UFC 163: Lyoto Machida certain that beating Phil Davis makes him next number one contender

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

True, we heard this from Dana White prior to the Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson wins, but this time he's REALLY sure.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto Machida, hasn't given up his quest to rematch Jon Jones for the 205-pound title, despite being stiffed by UFC President Dana White on two separate occasions.

But that's not his problem right now.

Standing in his way is Phil Davis, who looks to have a "Wonderful" performance against the Brazilian at the upcoming UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Jung" pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Aug. 3, 2013, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

More on that fight here.

A win over Davis may (finally) get "The Dragon" a second chance at breaking "Bones," according to his recent interview with Sherdog.com:

"I think with this next victory that I'll have, I will be the next contender, for sure. I have some keys on how to win Jon Jones. I was very close [to] the victory against Jones. Maybe if somebody gives me a rematch, I can get that."

Assuming Jones is still champion.

Top division contender Alexander Gustafsson is hoping to spoil those plans by taking the title at UFC 165 (details here), which goes down on Sept. 21 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the same place Machida was choked unconscious by Jones in the main event of UFC 140 back in late 2011.

The Brazilian is 2-0 following that defeat, pasting Ryan Bader before squeaking past Dan Henderson.

Anyone see a second fight between Machida and Jones ending any differently than the first? And more importantly, does first get past Davis to keep himself in the mix?

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