And he's itching to get back into the cage.
The former light heavyweight champion-turned-middleweight top contender is fresh off a five-round unanimous decision win over Gegard Mousasi earlier this month on FOX Sports 1 in Brazil (details), and if he's passed over for a title shot, he is open to fighting a fellow Brazilian.
Even Jacare Souza (via UFC Tonight):
"My foot is almost 100 percent now. It's doing okay. I have to recover soon because I want to dance again. I know I just have two fights at 185, and Jacare has more, but I can fight against him. I have no problem with that. I don't want to wait for long time. I can do one more fight before I fight for the title. I have no problem fighting them. I can fight Jacare or Vitor."
We may not have that answer for a couple of weeks, if not more.
That's because the promotion is likely to see how the UFC 173 main event shakes out over Memorial Day Weekend, when Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort collide for the middleweight strap. Machida is likely to get the winner, depending on how well Souza's injuries heal up.
Do you, as a fan, have a particular preference on who "The Dragon" fights next?