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Lyoto Machida: “It Was Meant To Be” To Fight Chris Weidman

Andrew Ravens

Lyoto Machida

Former Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida believes it was meant to be when it comes to fighting UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman at UFC 175. If you remember, Weidman was suppose to face Vitor Belfort, but Belfort had to pull out of that fight.

“He [Lyoto] has always worked hard and stayed focused,” Soares translated on behalf of Machida to fight hub TV. “He believes that if this is the fight that was presented to him then it was meant to be. Vitor had his reasons for why he isn’t able to take this fight and he slid into that position.”

Lyoto Machida (21-4) Has eight knockouts, two submissions and eleven decision victories. While he has been knocked out once, submitted once and lost by decision twice.

“Every fight is different. There was some controversy – not taking anything away from Chris – about how he won. The second fight he [Silva] got hurt. Everything is different. He [Lyoto] is going to try and go get that belt.

In his next six fights he had a record of 3-3 and then decided to drop down to 185. He made his Middleweight debut against Mark Munoz where he beat him via KO at UFC Fight Night – Machida vs. Munoz on Oct / 26 / 2013 and then beat Gegard Mousasi in his next fight via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Machida vs. Mousasi on Feb / 15 / 2014.

UFC 175 goes down this Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass, Fox Sports 1 and PPV. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass / Fox Sports 1 and to the fight the big fights on the main card that airs on PPV. The headlining fight is Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida – for middleweight title, the co-main event is Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Alexis Davis – for women’s bantamweight title The event airs from Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The show starts with Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich on UFC Fight Pass, then the first prelim fight on Fox Sports 1 with George Roop vs. Rob Font and then starting the real fights with the main card at 10 p.m. ET with Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.

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