Machida dropping to 185 to chase title

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lyoto Machida has captured the UFC light heavyweight title, lost it, and fought for it again. However with another shot at that title unlikely, is making the move to middleweight and hopefully work towards a title. Current friend and training partner, Anderson Silva, is also in the division, but Machida’s isn’t thinking about it:

“We are friends, but it’s too early to think about that,” Machida (19-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) said prior to Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 30 headliner. “I’m just arriving in this class, and I have to keep my focus on this fight.”

“I don’t know about the future,” Machida said. “That’s why I say to everybody, I’m just arriving. It’s hard to say about a title shot. Everybody is asking about it, but I prefer not to talk about it.”

“I don’t know how long he’s going to fight,” he said. “That’s why I don’t think about that.”

Machida said he likely would have dropped to 185 pounds whether or not he’d lost a close decision to Phil Davis at UFC 163. He said Silva’s defeat to Weidman had nothing to do with his decision to change weight classes.

“I just dropped down because I was going to fight against (Jon) Jones, and that couldn’t happen,” Machida told “The UFC gave me an opportunity to fight at 185. I want to stay active.”

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