Machida Wants Bisping After Belfort KO
After his highlight reel knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 224, Lyoto Machida is still looking for a fight with Michael Bisping.
While Bisping still struggles with the idea of an official retirement, Machida is hoping that if Bisping wants one more fight, it would be against him.
“Michael Bisping, I’m still waiting for you, man. I want to do this fight,” Machida said in his post-fight interview at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “If you want to retire, you gotta fight me first.”
This is the second time that Machida has asked to fight Bisping after a fight, prior to this, it was his decision win over Eryk Anders at UFC Belem in February.
“That’s a fight that should have happened in the past, and it didn’t,” Machida said in February at the event’s post-fight press conference.
“It’s just a matter of, he might retire sometime soon, I could retire sometime soon, and people ask for that fight. So it’s a fight that interests me.”
Bisping said he was interested in the Machida fight, but following two losses in less than a month at the end of 2017, it seems Bisping isn’t ready to return to the Octagon.
The former UFC middleweight champion did confirm that if he did fight, it would not be at 185 pounds, it would be at a much more comfortable weight.
Original Story: Bloody Elbow