Lyoto Machida may be set to begin a new chapter in his career at middleweight, but the former light-heavyweight champ won’t do so against one of the two men he’s recently called out. The reason being that the UFC has confirmed that “The Dragon” will fight Tim Kennedy on November 6th at “Fight for the Troops III”, and not Vitor Belfort or Chael Sonnen.  If you’ve been keeping up with Mr. Machida lately, then you know he was pretty, pretty interested in facing one of those two guys.

So, what does Machida think about fighting Kennedy? In a follow up interview from MMA, here’s some of what the 35 year-old had to say about the bout, which will go down at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. In case you don’t know, Kennedy is also a decorated soldier, so Machida probably won’t be the ‘crowd favourite’ on November 6th.

“I like challenges like that, fighting a war veteran inside his ‘home’,” Machida said. “I have no problems with that. When the time comes, the crowd will want to see a good show.”

“Fighting Belfort in Brazil would be a good option for me. He has his fans, I have mine, and it would be a great fight. But they decided not to do it. And Sonnen always has something to say, and he wanted to fight at light heavyweight, so maybe that would be a good opportunity to fight him too. He said he wanted to fight me in a parking lot, so I tried to make that fight, but the UFC chose Kennedy. Who knows, maybe I’ll fight (Sonnen) in the near future.”

Machida (19-4) also credited Kennedy (16-4) for being a “tough guy”, which anyone who’s watched the Strikeforce vet fight knows already. The only men to defeat the 33 year-old Kennedy ins his last 10 bouts are top ten ranked middleweights Luke Rockhold and “Jacare” Souza. Both bouts went to decision.

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