Lyoto Machida eyes ‘big fight’ against Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen or Nick Diaz next

August 20, 2013 1:55 pm by Chris Taylor

Ready to get back into the octagon and erase the memory of his loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has created a list of desirable opponents, and he doesn’t care if he has to drop down to middleweight to get the “big” fight he desires.

The few high-profile names that the former UFC light heavyweight champion has in mind are as follows: Vitor Belfort, Nick Diaz or Chael Sonnen.

As far as “The Dragon” is concerned, he doesn’t care which of those three he takes on next … he just wants to scrap!

His words via “The MMA Hour”:

“I just want to do a big fight, you know? Belfort is the first name on a list because he is a big name and a great opponent. I think Belfort is a perfect opponent for me. But, he hasn’t accepted that fight. Then, Dana White told me about Nick Diaz. Nick Diaz is a great opponent, too, but I’m just waiting for UFC. Then, last Saturday, I saw the fight with Shogun and Sonnen and saw a great opportunity to fight Sonnen, too. Sonnen is a great name, a big name around the world and I think I can beat him. And he talk bad about me back in the day.”

Who would you like to see Machida fight next? Let’s hear it Penn Nation!

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