Lyoto Machida certainly did his part yesterday to get the MMA world talking about a title run at 185, as not only did he defeat the contender Mark Munoz, he scored a highlight reel KO. If “The Dragon” had won via a tightly contested or sluggish decision win, then obviously the post-fight buzz would be considerably less.
So, with the win, Machida is right in thick of the title shot picture, and while speaking to FOX Sports 2 afterwards he had this to say about his future:
I want to be champion. I want the belt. I have to chase the belt. I want to be busy. If they ask me to fight 205, I can still fight at 205. Bisping is a great fight for me next. If he accepted it, that’d be great.”
Now of course, a bout with Michael Bisping would be a big fight, and “The Count” has already said he was interested in fighting the winner of Machida-Munoz. Bisping was set to fight Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30, until he had to drop out due to an eye injury. The #4 ranked middleweight hopes to return to action in early 2014, so that’s a fight that makes a lot of sense right?
While Dana White didn’t comment on the possibility of Bisping-Machida directly, he was also asked about “The Dragon’s” next fight, and the UFC President relayed (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I think, and I’m just talking here as a fan, not as a promoter, I think a lot of people want to see him and Vitor Belfort,” White said. “That would be a fun fight. Vitor’s got to win down in Brazil. And who knows, (Machida) could fight someone else before that. But I’m just saying, as a fan, and speaking for many fans, that’s the fight they want to see. At least that’s what everyone was screaming at me on the way out of the arena tonight.”
That would also be a massive fight, but first things first, Belfort has to get by Dan Henderson on November 9th. If Belfort does defeat Hendo, however, “The Phenom” is almost certainly going to be calling for the winner of Weidman-Silva II.
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