Lyoto Machida plans to return to the Octagon later this year, and before he does, don’t expect to hear a bunch of trash talk coming from “The Dragon”.
The former light-heavyweight champ is currently sidelined due to suspension, after Machida disclosed to USADA that he was taking 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosteron. The latter is a banned substance, but Machida has maintained he wasn’t aware that it was.
The 38 year-old fighter was handed an 18 month suspension, and Machida will be eligible to return in October. Recently the middleweight appeared on the “Big Brown Breakdown”, and when asked about who he’d like to face next, Machida stated the champ Michael Bisping would be “the best option”.
Brendan Schaub proceeded to bring up Conor McGregor’s success, and how fighters are trying to copy the brash fighter’s approach, in terms of calling out opponents. Machida, however, had this to say (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“It’s not my style,” Machida said. “I’m not gonna change my principles, I’m not gonna change anything just to make money. I’ll stay like (how) Lyoto Machida always was and do my stuff, do a great fight, and try to do some fights through my technique. I don’t want to change my style.”
Machida certainly isn’t known for slinging insults at his fellow fighters, and at this stage, it just wouldn’t seem right hearing him do so would it? Of course, due to Machida’s storied career, and all the big wins he’s scored and stars he’s faced, he doesn’t have to talk trash to get noticed.
All that aside, it will be interesting to see who Machida faces when he returns. The Karate master is coming off stoppage losses to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.