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Report: UFC Boss Eyeing Machida vs. Belfort As UFC 167 Co-Main Event

Vitor Belfort wants another crack at the UFC middleweight title. Lyoto Machida wants a rematch with Phil Davis.

But it looks like neither will happen if UFC president Dana White has his way.

On this week’s edition of UFC Tonight, White told reporter Ariel Helwani that he would like to make Belfort vs. Machida as the co-main event of UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks, which will be the UFC’s 20th anniversary event.

Belfort is coming off of back-to-back KO wins over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold at middleweight, and feels he should get the next crack at a title fight.

It was said that Belfort is willing to fight at a catchweight, light heavyweight, or even heavyweight, but doesn’t want to chance losing his place in the line for the middleweight title.

Machida is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Davis at UFC 163. Machida was so perturbed over the decision that he was asking for an immediate rematch.

Machida went into the Davis fight having beaten Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, so the defeat sank his chances of scoring another shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Machida has thought of dropping down to middleweight, and his camp reportedly told Helwani that they wouldn’t mind a fight with Belfort at 185, 205, or even a catchweight.

UFC 167 takes place on Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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17 Comments to Report: UFC Boss Eyeing Machida vs. Belfort As UFC 167 Co-Main Event

  1. KIDD433 says:

    That would be a bad ass fight, make it happen!

  2. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    DO IT…Machida should retire after this or get fired. He is the most boring fighter in the UFC.

    • Seriously? says:

      With guys like GSP and his lay and pray strategy you’re seriously calling Machida the most boring fighter in the UFC?

      • JiuJitsuHeyZues says:

        Lay and Pray…Run and Pray… Same thing both are boring and hard to watch. The only reason anyone watches a GSP fight is that they are hoping against hope that this could be the guy to end the reign of the canadian blanket, with acception to Girls and Lame dudes that wear Tapout/affliction shirts to sports bars to UFC night to look like they are “Fighters” and obviously Canadians.

        God Bless Carlos Condit 505 til I die!!! and all hail the next WW Champ Johnny Big Rigg Hendricks…. I hope!

        Oh And, Gargoyle your an idiot who is far to biased, the only wrestling you do is with your own homo – sexuality. 757 your an idiot, I can only think that 757 is a fitting name becase you would have to be high to believe some of the sh!t you say. Mangoo your dumber than those 2 combined and I hope you have a really bad day. way of the dutchman… Its the wrong way, Thats all. TRT 3000 go play in Traffic with a blindfold on.

        Later!

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Listen girly boy, I’m about to grind your Kunt into the ground. Your idiotic statement of “Lay and Pray…Run and Pray…” indicates how stupid you are, You have no idea about fighting do you? What is your experience? Zilch!!! You do realize that idiotic statement is a statement of biased subjectivity don’t you? It’s not a fact of technique. So STFU and GTFO cuz you are bringing this site down you punk kid. I would love to find you and head plant you to see what grows…about 2″ huh. You a tranny? You are, you’re a tranny. ….lmao…LOL…

        • G@yGirL Wrestling says:

          HAHAHAHA your a clown bro and prove how gay you are G@YgOyle, talkin bout you wanna grind on me LMAO you degenerate POS!!! My statement is nowhere in the realm of biased. What I am saying is that both of those guys are BORING and horrible to watch! See, you dont run when dudes try to dry hump you so you love GSP and guys that play that Lay & Pray. Of course you dont like Machida he would never let you grind on him. I WOULD RIP YOUR ARM OFF AND BEAT YOU UNCONSCIOUS WITH IT!!

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          You stupid Kunt, then quit complaining and whining about other people being biased and YOU ARE FUCKING guilty of the same shit you little stupid nerd. I going to pound you to a pulp little punk bitch.

  3. FoxShade says:

    Never actually even thought about this fight, besides I think Brazilians don’t like fighting Brazilians. :-P

    Still awesome.

  4. 757 says:

    Here we go again with DW just using these guys. It doesn’t matter who wins it will justify DW sending the other guy packing down the rankings. It’s obvious that he doesn’t personally like either guy so that’s why he loves it. DW is a dickhead….Anyway Machida will be fighting a guy as athletic as he is and who hits like a ton of bricks. I used to really like Machida but this last fight annoyed the hell out of me….yeah he did lose to Davis because he was lazy and didn’t do anything. At any rate Vitor Knocks him out when he hits machida and if Machida runs the entire fight AGAIN he loses by decision. Either DW get’s his wish.

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      I think you are right on one point and wrong on another. Yah DW would love to get rid of Machida. Machida is boring if the other guy doesn’t play into his avoid a fight style. Yes you are right that Belfort annoys DW because of his personality with all the Jesus stuff and then he cheats along the way. He thinks he is hypocritical. But where you are wrong is that DW LOVES Belfort’s fighting style and he wants him around as long as he is winning. Cuz he can PROMOTE a finisher like Belfort BUT NOT a running man like Machida. He wants to thin the herd a bit and I don’t blame him, that is the way it should be

      • 757 says:

        Wait Gargoyle are you replying to me?? Bro I didn’t say half of the things you are agreeing and disagreeing with. If it is me you got to read it again.

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Hey Bro. I guess I missed your points. I just know that DW likes Belfort better and that is for the promotional ease and making money. Maybe that’s what you mean’t too. Basically, Machida’s days are probably numbered whereas Vitor can fight for awhile still and make some money. BTW: I like Vitor personally more know that I know what he and his family has gone through. BUT, I’d still like to see him KTFO soon…lol…

  5. GRT 3000 says:

    the elusive fighting style shit is getting old Machida…MMA isn’t all abt counter punching. It would be different if that elusive style delivered exciting fights & KO’s but they seldom do. Just boring fights, & could go either way decisions.

  6. Dan Jenkins says:

    Nick Diaz has been offered Machida @ 185, the ufc brass is waiting for a reply. Personally I think it’s a bad match up for Diaz, it’ll be the condit fight all over again except Machida is better at it. As far as Machida v Belfort I’d probably be going for Lyoto in that one, I’m getting tired of Belfort being a precious roid user “I don’t want to fight this guy or that guy”. If he’s a “old school” fighter then fight whose put in front of you. I respect Vitor for all his accomplishments but he’s NOT the champ and when asked about a rematch with Silva he replied he would rather fight jacare, so what changed?

  7. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    This can be a pretty good fight because Belfort isn’t a lame wrestler who runs out of options when he can’t take down his opponent.
    .
    Machida was the one pressing forward the first two rounds against Davis and Davis couldn’t handle it. I see people claiming Machida didn’t do anything. I wonder what exactly they think Davis was doing then because all Davis did was backpedaling and getting hit with only two worthless takedowns at the end of the first two rounds. If Machida didn’t do anything then Davis did even less.

  8. Again.. says:

    Make it happen! Machida is boring as shit, I hope Belfort takes his head off his body!

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