The former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will not be a part of UFC anymore. He decided to follow the steps of Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald, signing a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA after his UFC contract expired.
According to ESPN, the 40-year-old Brazilian legend has reached an agreement with Scott Cooker. The official signing is expected to happen during the next few weeks, maybe even days.
Breaking: Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida agrees to join Bellator — https://t.co/xw5h5debcS
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 22, 2018
Lyoto’s next rival and debut date are to be established. Lyoto’s troubles started as soon as he dropped Middleweight. He was defeated to Chris Weidman in a title fight. Lyoto Machida then lost to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. And after that, his USADA issues put him on hold for a long period of time. Lyoto returned to the octagon with a loss to Derek Brunson.
However, The Dragon (24-8) had two great victories in his last two fights, over Eryk Anders and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, whom he defeated via attractive front kick. Well, he could face the winner of Gegard Mousasi Vs Rory MacDonald? What are your thoughts, will Lyoto Machida be the next Bellator Middleweight champion?