Lyoto Machida won’t test the middleweight waters for the first time versus a UFC newcomer or journeyman, as instead, he’ll throw down with the promotion’s #5th ranked Mark Munoz. Of course, due to Machida’s accomplishments at light-heavyweight and his world class skills, the 35 year-old was initially scheduledto fight another top vet in Tim Kennedy at UFC FN 31 (Machida was moved to UFC FN 30, however, after Michael Bisping dropped out).
So, not only has Machida been tapped for an important bout, but “The Dragon” will be looking to rebound from his controversial, decision loss he suffered versus Phil Davis at UFC 163. Although lots of people, and Fight Metric, had Machida winning, once again ‘don’t leave it in the hands of the judges’ rang true. The defeat halted Machida’s win streak at two. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, Machida had this to say about his last outing and what he has planned for October 26th.
“I always go to win decisively,” Machida said. “I had a (foot) injury and couldn’t show what I wanted in my last fight, but I’ll be different this time.”
It’s also worth noting that Machida and Munoz have trained together in the past, which could present a different angle for the fight.
“We were training together so that’s a little complicated, but that’s inevitable here in California,” he said. “We always look for better training so we ended up training together. It’s complicated, but it’s tough for both of us. I’ve learned some things from his game, but he did too.”