The former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA last week after more than 11 years spent competing in the Octagon. Machida already has few great opportunities knocking on his door, and 40-year-old Brazilian is willing to fight in multiple division.
Machida may also face the winner of Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald’s September 29 middleweight title fight. (Via BloodyElbow)
“Lyoto told me one thing, he wanted to fight in both weight classes, and he wanted to stay busy and will fight anybody,” Scott Coker told MMA Fighting.
“We have a good 205 lb division for him to compete in, and we have good 185’ers for him to compete with. I think that one of the fights I’d love to see is maybe the winner of Gegard vs Rory fight at some point next year.”
According to Bellator Boss, Machida expressed his desire to compete against Fedor Emelianenko and willing to move up in the division for that opportunity.
“He told me he wants to fight Fedor as well, so we’ll see,” he said. “We have a lot of good fights ahead for him.
“Let’s see how Fedor comes out in the tournament. He’s got his hands full with Chael, and if he becomes the champ, and Lyoto wants to fight Fedor, why not? Why wouldn’t we put that fight together? It would be a lot of fun.”
Machida (24-8) is riding a two-fight winning streak and holds notable victories over the likes of current Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Bellator light-heavyweight champ Ryan Bader. Most recently Lyoto sent Vitor Belfort into retirement with a front-kick KO at UFC 224 in May.
Would you be interested in a showdown between two great legends?