Machida camp doubtful Belfort will accept fight
After making his spectacular debut in the UFC’s middleweight division this weekend, Lyoto Machida made it known immediately who he wanted next. However, Machida’s camp doesn’t believe Belfort will step up to the challenge:
According to Ariel Helwani, Machida’s manager Jorge Guimaraes believes the match-up won’t take place, simply because Belfort won’t accept the fight.
Belfort has turned down fights in the past, with the most recent example being a proposed match-up against Tim Kennedy. It’s largely the reason he’s fighting Henderson at light heavyweight, as Belfort voiced hesitance about relinquishing his status as No. 1 middleweight contender, much to the displeasure of UFC President Dana White, who recently said that the Brazilian “drives me crazy.”