Machida On Possible Mousasi And Fedor Fights
Lyoto Machida is excited to join Bellator for one reason, a showdown with Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi.
Machida, who defeated Mousasi in 2014 when both were in the UFC, is looking to make his Bellator debut in October or November, with the goal of facing Mousasi for the title.
Mousasi claimed that Machida was not only on steroids and being greased when they fought in Brazil. While speaking with MMA Fighting, Machida said such comments motivate him.
”Everything Mousasi says only motivates me,” Machida said. “I have a win over him and I think he’s a little bothered by it. But I think it’s an easier fight to promote now. I’m very motivated and I want this opportunity, especially with him as a champion.
“Fighting in Bellator is a dream come true for me. Having a belt is a bigger dream,” he continued.
“But I just got to the promotion, one step at a time. I have to fight first, feel well, and then think about this. I want the Bellator belt. I’m not here to be part of the roster and just fight. I came here to become champion and remain champion for as long as I can.”
Machida, who would be suspended by USADA for what some called an unfair 18 months, after disclosing his use of 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), said that he’s in favor of drug testing in MMA, but not a fan of USADA’s methods.
“I’m in favor of the anti-doping system in the sport, I believe it’s good for the sport, but I’m not in favor of how USADA deals with many cases,” Machida said. “I think sometimes they are too harsh and don’t take into consideration how the situation occurred, the athlete’s past, similar situations that could be seen when making a hard decision on a professional athlete’s career, who lives and depends on it.
“I won’t say I left the UFC because of USADA, no way, but today I feel lighter without USADA,” he continued. “I feel lighter. The thing that you have to report where you are going generated so much stress. Today I’m free, more relaxed. I’m living happier in that aspect.”
While his focus is currently a middleweight title opportunity, Machida is not limiting himself to one division while in Bellator.
“A fight with Fedor (Emelianenko) would be a superfight,” Machida said. “I’m a fan of Fedor, have been a fan since he was in PRIDE, a great champion, and since I like to challenge myself, new challenges, that was one of the offers that came with my move to Bellator. Of course, fighting Fedor would be an honor, a dream.”
Even though he had a long standing relationship with the UFC, his relationship with Scott Coker and his word is the reason he went to the Viacom owned brand.
”They made me an offer and the UFC matched it, but I had already given my word to Bellator and that’s very serious to me. They asked me if they gave me ‘X’ I would go to Bellator, and I said yes. It was a big opportunity. I thought it was the moment to change, do something different.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting