Machida wanted Belfort, not Kennedy
Earlier this week it was announced that Lyoto Machida would be making the drop to middleweight and would fight Tim Kennedy at the upcoming Fight for the Troops. However, Kennedy was actually not Machida’s first choice for his debut in the middleweight division:
“It’s a big opportunity, something I have in mind, for sure,” he said. “Let’s see who I will fight at middleweight first and then take one step at a time. It’s my debut, I don’t know how I will feel there yet.”
First things first. Machida anticipates a tough match-up, but Kennedy wasn’t the opponent he had in mind.
“Tim Kennedy is a tough guy, but I wanted to fight (Vitor) Belfort or Chael Sonnen next,” he said. “But sometimes you can’t choose. The UFC asked me to take this fight, and I’m in.”