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Lyoto Machida Would Fight at Middleweight to Keep Busy

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida celebrates his victory over UFC Light Heavyweight challenger Mauricio Rua (not pictured) in their title fight at UFC 104 at Staples Center on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Machida retained his title by way of unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Nedu ObiAnalyst IIMay 3, 2012

Former undisputed UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) light heavyweight titlist Lyoto Machida is willing to contest in the 185 lb. division so as to keep busy.

According to MMAMania.com, Machida said:

I was ready to fight but the opportunity was not there. The division is lacking, [sic] it's a bit mixed, and I didn't know, right (who would be my next opponent)? [sic] I even had the intention of fighting at 185 lbs so I wouldn't lose the opportunity of keeping busy. I spoke to Ed Soares and (Jorge Guimarães), but they told me to be patient. Look, I'm a guy that usually weighs at most 96 kg (21 lbs), so I don't think there would be a problem fighting (at middleweight). My objective is to fight at (205 lbs), but to make a fight at middleweight would not be a problem. Anderson is a comrade of mine, a friend in my team. (Middleweight) is his, but I would take a fight to keep me busy. The important thing is to keep fighting, [sic] it's the adrenaline. I would like to fight there, but only with the objective of keeping me busy.

The 33-year-old Japanese-Brazilian combatant first burst on to the UFC scene in February of 2007, winning a unanimous decision against Sam Hoger.

Three fights later he took the scalp of former champ Tito Ortiz before garnering two consecutive Knockout of the Night awards against Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans, the latter of whom he captured the crown from.

Lyoto’s title win prompted Joe Rogan to come up with the now famous phrase: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Machida Era.”

Those evocative words turned out to be premature as “The Dragon” in his first defense was taken to task by former PRIDE resident Mauricio Rua. Although the judges gave Machida the decision, some observers felt “Shogun” had done enough to garner the victory.

In the rematch a little over six-months later, the so-called Machida era came to a cataclysmic end.

He then went on to lose a closely fought contest against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 123. However, he did redeem himself of sorts with a third Knockout of the Night honor against the aging and now retired Randy Couture.

With the opportunity to recapture UFC gold, he took on 205-lb phenom Jon “Bones” Jones at UFC 140, only to be submitted via standing guillotine choke.

Since that defeat, there have been calls from certain quarters that Machida (17-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) would be best suited at 185 lbs. However, the Black House trained fighter is presently slated to throw hands with Ryan “Darth” Bader at UFC on FOX 4.

 

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