Lyoto Machida Says Vitor Belfort Is One Big ‘Contradiction’
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has taken offense to Vitor Belfort’s supposed contradictions.
After Vitor Belfort scored his third consecutive head kick knockout victory over Dan Henderson, Machida said he would be willing to face the resurging Belfort.
Belfort, on the other hand, thinks they should not call each other out because they are both Brazilians. Machida doesn’t seem to share Belfort’s sentiments, and believes “The Phenom” contradicts himself.
“He contradicts himself a lot,” Machida said “He says everyone should fight each other because it’s professional, but then he says we shouldn’t fight each other.”
“It’s hard to understand. What does he mean? Why is he contradicting himself? I have nothing against him, we’re good, but we’re professionals.”
After Machida decided to drop down to middleweight and scored a knockout victory over Mark Munoz, he has been open to fighting any and everyone.
“If you want to get to the top, you can’t say you won’t fight this one or that one,” he said. “You have to be open to fight the best,” he said.
Machida does still understand that Belfort is ahead of him in the rankings and said “Vitor has been dedicating himself a lot. … he was able to get outstanding results, great knockouts, so he rightfully is the next in line for a shot at the title. He deserves all this, he was impressive this year.”
He also sees a tough road ahead of him, and acknowledges the world-class athletes at the top of the middleweight division.
“This division has tough fighters, maybe one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC,” he said. “We have Anderson [Silva], [Chris] Weidman, Belfort, Jacare [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and Munoz, and all of them would be top ranked in the light heavyweight division. I’ll keep training hard to get there.”
Machida also is planning on mixing things up for his training camp, and may head to Coconut Creek, Fla. to train at American Top Team.
“I don’t have ties with any team so I can go where I feel I’ll get the better training partners for a specific fight,” he said. “I’m training with Glover [Teixeira] and [Fabricio] Werdum, so maybe I can go to American Top Team to see if that’s the place where I’ll get the best sparring for me.”
Machida’s father, Yoshizo Machida, taught Lyoto everything he knows about Karate, and although Lyoto understands the value of his family’s training, he does not regret leaving his home town of Belem, Brazil.
“It’s important to have the support of your family, but when is time to move away? You have to walk with your own legs one day,” he said. “Having your father to help you to get back up is good, but you need to get up by yourself and walk alone. Life goes on.”