Machida wants Belfort at middleweight
Lyoto Machida made an emphatic debut in the middleweight division this weekend knockout Mark Munoz in the first round. Machida said post fight that he is in the division to get a title and feels like he knows which opponent can get him closer to that goal:
“Vitor Belfort is the best option for me right now,” said Machida. “I want to fight him. It would be the best fight for me right now because he’s well ranked in the middleweight division. No hard feelings, I’m thinking what’s best for my career and where I can get with a win. Even if Vitor loses to Dan Henderson, I’d want to fight him in our weight class.”
Machida believes a win over Belfort could give him a shot at the UFC title, but he’s not worried about that yet. In fact, he doesn’t know how he would handle the possibility of fighting Anderson Silva, even after fighting another teammate inside the Octagon.
“A win over Vitor Belfort puts me in front of everybody in the rankings, but let’s see what happens,” he said. “It’s too soon to talk about it because Anderson Silva is too far away from me right now. Even if he wins, I don’t know for how long he will want to keep fighting. I haven’t talked to him for a long time. I don’t know how it’s going to work, we have the same managers. I rather not to talk about it now. When we get there, we’ll figure it out.”