If you talk to MMA fans and mention the name Machida, there’s a 99.9% chance they think you’re talking about Lyoto. After all, not only has the Karate master fought in the UFC since 2007, but he’s a former light-heavyweight champ who has defeated some pretty big names. Well, if one of “The Dragon’s” brothers has his way, Lyoto won’t be the only Machida in the UFC.
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, Lyoto’s brother Chinzo Machida relayed he hopes to resume his path to the Octagon when he returns to the cage next month. The featherweight is set to fight at Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s November 22nd versus Justin Houghton.
“I’ve been training hard for a long time,” Machida said “I did my preparation in Belem, Brazil, but now I’m going to Manchester with Lyoto. After his fight [with Mark Munoz] I’ll finish my preparation in California.”
“The UFC is the biggest promotion in the world, that’s where the best fighters are, but I’ll have to show what I can do to get there,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m Lyoto’s brother, he did his career and I’m doing mine. I’ll have to win fights to get in the UFC, and that’s why I’m training and fighting for.”
Machida (1-2) hasn’t fought since 2010 when he lost by decision while competing at an event in Brazil. Machida apparently broke his hand in the first round and by the end of the bout the “bone was shattered.” Oh, and if you’re wondering if Chinzo is also a big time Karate guy, he’s a 12 time national champ. So, while he has a ways to go, if Chinzo can put together an impressive run the UFC might come calling.
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