Lyoto Machida Was Ready To Drop To 185 To Stay Active | UFC NEWS
“I was ready to fight but the opportunity was not there. The division is lacking, it’s a bit mixed, and I didn’t know, right (who would be my next opponent)? I even had the intention of fighting at 185lbs so I wouldn’t lose the opportunity of keeping busy. I spoke to Ed Soares and (Jorge Guimarães), but they told me to be patient. Look, I’m a guy that usually weighs at most 96kg (21lbs), so I don’t think there would be a problem fighting (at middleweight). My objective is to fight at (205lbs), but to make a fight at middleweight would not be a problem. Anderson is a comrade of mine, a friend in my team. (Middleweight) is his, but I would take a fight to keep me busy. The important thing is to keep fighting, it’s the adrenaline. I would like to fight there, but only with the objective of keeping me busy.”
In a recent interview with Brazilian media outlet El Globo, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida discusses his motivation to stay busy.
While there would be plenty of challenges for him in the middleweight division, the Karate based practitioner just booked a fight with Ryan Bader for UFC on FOX 4. But could he have found success against the divisions elite fighters?