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.