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Lyoto Machida still open to eventual fight at 185 pounds

By the time Lyoto Machida faces Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4 it will have been eight months since he last stepped foot inside the Octagon. Rather than sit on the sidelines for health-related or disciplinary reasons, the 33-year old (who celebrates a birthday this month) has simply been forced to wait patiently while the UFC sorts out the 205-pound division.

While “The Dragon” may finally have an adversary to focus on, the extended break was apparently so bothersome he even considered taking a fight at middleweight to speed the process up. However, his management team convinced him to remain calm.

“My objective is to fight at (light heavyweight) but there would be no problem fighting at middleweight. Anderson (Silva) is a friend of mine,” said Machida in an interview with O Globo. “(Middleweight) is his, but I would take a fight to keep me busy. The important thing is to keep fighting. I would fight there, but only with the objective of keeping me busy.”

Now, with Bader in his sights, Machida is ready to prepare for the challenge at hand rather than the adversity created by a drop down in weight-class. In fact, the former champion is looking forward to facing Bader who has been on his radar for some time.

“He is a great athlete. We already met on TUF when I made a visit (as a guest coach for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira). I have respect for him…I am very motivated and willing to fight against any one who is on his level…and he is among the tops,” explained Machida, pointing to Bader’s recent win over Quinton Jackson.

Bader-Machida is set for August 4 in Los Angeles on a card also featuring Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell and Brian Stann vs. Hector Lombard.

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4 COMMENTS
  • JBAR says:

    Machida would be a beast at 185 but I don’t know how he would react to the weight cut. Cutting weight really sucks especially if you are not accustomed to it.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I thought initially it was that he has 3 fights left on this contract, and he’d like to use the first two to get decisive wins and then challenge for the title on the third. And if he failed to get the title again, he was going to go down to 185 with a new contract, because he also mentioned that around that time Silva should be done fighting.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Just a gut feeling but I don’t think Machida would do as well at 185. He doesn’t necessarily rely on speed, but the smaller/faster his opponent is I think the less effective his elusive approach will be, where he waits for a guy to come in and then beats them back to the punch.

    Not to say he couldn’t be very competitive in the MW division, I just don’t see it offering him an advantage over his current spot at 205 and might be a worse fit.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    IMO, he should stay at light heavy. He’s clearly got good power and movement, I don’t think a weight cut would do him any favours — especially since he is middle of the road, age-wise.

    Although, I’d love to see a Machida / Franklin rematch, regardless of the weight class.

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