Following Lyoto Machida’s highlight reel knockout of friend Mark Munoz in his UFC debut at middleweight, UFC president Dana White was quick to say that he wouldn’t mind seeing him take on fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort next at middleweight. Not a bad choice as many of the fans agreed with Whites intrigue. Now “The Dragon” himself has chimed in on the proposed match-up.
“Vitor Belfort is the best option for me right now,” said Machida. “I want to fight him. It would be the best fight for me right now because he’s well ranked in the middleweight division. No hard feelings, I’m thinking what’s best for my career and where I can get with a win. Even if Vitor loses to Dan Henderson, I’d want to fight him in our weight class.”
The two are no strangers, as they’ve trained in the past together and currently share managers. One issue regarding the match-up is that Belfort is currently scheduled to take on former Pride and Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 32 on Nov. 9 in Goiania Brazil. Should he come out injury free, we may see the two styles collide sooner than later.
“A win over Vitor Belfort puts me in front of everybody in the rankings, but let’s see what happens,” he said. “It’s too soon to talk about it because Anderson Silva is too far away from me right now. Even if he wins, I don’t know for how long he will want to keep fighting. I haven’t talked to him for a long time. I don’t know how it’s going to work, we have the same managers. I rather not to talk about it now. When we get there, we’ll figure it out.”
– via MMAFighting.com
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