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Machida Talks Title Shot, Falling From Fifth to “Hell”

Lyoto Machida

Things were already pretty interesting in the UFC’s middleweight division, especially with Weidman-Silva II just around the corner, but with the addition of Lyoto Machida the hype has jumped up a notch. Especially since “The Dragon” KO’d Mark Munoz to become the promotion’s #5th ranked middleweight, and because of his lengthy friendship with the former champ Anderson Silva.

So, now that Machida’s not far out from a title shot, questions about the possibility of him fighting Silva have reached new levels. While speaking at a recent Q&A in Brazil, here’s what the 35 year-old had to say about facing “The Spider” (comments via MMA

“He said he would never fight me, that we are like brothers,” Machida said. “Anderson told me he has other goals, that he was the champion for a long time and he’s focused on other goals now, like superfights. He said he would even leave the title to not fight me.”

“But we’ll see what happens. I still have to fight Gegard Mousasi in Jaragua do Sul, in February, and I want to think on this fight first. One step at a time.”

And that’s a good point. While casual fans aren’t overly familiar with Mousasi, the veteran didn’t put together an impressive 34-2-2 record and win the Strikeforce belt by accident. So, Machida clearly isn’t looking past the talented fighter.

“He is right below me in the UFC rankings and a win over him would make me achieve even more in this division. But if I lose this fight, it would be complicated. I would fall from fifth place to hell [laughs]”

That fight is scheduled for February 8th in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, and will mark the first time Mousasi’s fought since April, when he decisioned Ilir Latifi. The 28 year-old’s been sidelined since as a result of knee surgery.

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