The last time we saw Lyoto Machida, he was getting smashed by Yoel Romero at UFC Fight Night 70 back in 2015. He failed a drug test subsequent from that fight though, and since then he’s been wandering the world as an aimless drifting, using his karate skills to battle injustice and defend the defenseless.
Or maybe he’s just been training. Who knows.
What I do know is that the former champ – who earned his elite status with his ground-breaking karate skills – is coming back. According to Combate (h/t to MMAJunkie), he’ll be taking on Derek Brunson.
It appears a former light heavyweight champion will return to headline the UFC’s card in Brazil in October.
According to a report from Combate, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) will return from a suspension to take on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Already set for the card is a light heavyweight bout between Misha Cirkunov and former title challenger Glover Teixeira.