Machida, Belfort agree to fight

Friday, February 16, 2018

The well connected Brazilian MMA site Combate reports that Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort have agreed to fight. Via Google Translate.

The UFC has a Brazilian vs. Brazilian fight for UFC 224 on May 12 at Venue Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In his farewell fight, Vitor Belfort, will face Lyoto Machida, at middleweight. The parties verbally accepted the fight, but the contracts have not yet been signed. The expectation is that the match is the co-main, with Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington serving as the main event.

At age 40 and in the sport since 1996, Vitor Belfort will perform in his hometown. In fact, it was in Rio de Janeiro that the ‘The Phenom’ won his last victory, against Nate Marquardt in June 2017 via unanimous decision.

Lyoto Machida, had been on a three-fight win streak, rehabilitated himself by beating Eryk Anders at UFC Belem earlier this month. The Dragon’, whose last triumph had been in 2014, defeated the young adversary in points.

Unconfirmed Card to Date:
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Raquel Pennington for UFC women’s bantamweight championship
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
David Ramos vs. Nick Hein
Alberto Mina vs. Ramazan Emeev
Junior Albini vs. Alexey Oleynik