Lyoto Machida knows that if you want something bad enough you need to ask for it. And that is just what he did following his impressive knockout win against Mark Munoz last week at Ultimate Fight Night 30. Speaking to MMA Fighting, the Brazilian claimed he’d next like to get in the cage with a fellow countryman:
“Vitor Belfort is the best option for me right now. I want to fight him. It would be the best fight for me right now because he’s well ranked in the middleweight division.”
Two problems exist here. First, Belfort is currently slated to fight Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 30 on November 9th. Second, Machida does not currently have a UFC contract. Neither issue is a deal breaker, but this does seem to imply that if “The Dragon” is to get his wish, the fight with Vitor won’t happen until possibly the middle of next year.
Machida had been 19-4 before making his middleweight debut, struggling a bit as of late going 3-4 in his previous 7 fights before Munoz. He will now look to make a name for himself at the lower weight and hopefully become one of only three fighters to ever hold UFC gold in two different weight classes (BJ Penn/Randy Couture). At 35, that might be the crown jewel Machida will need to solidify a Hall of Fame career in MMA.
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