Machida Wants Bisping & Middleweight Title
Coming off a highlight reel knockout that retired Vitor Belfort at UFC 224, Lyoto Machida isn’t ready to walk away yet.
Machida made a point after UFC 224 in Rio to call out former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, who is currently waffling between one more fight or walking away from the sport as a fighter.
“The Dragon” spoke with Bloody Elbwo, and said that at 39 years old, he’s looking for one more run with the middleweight title and at least two more fights in 2018.
“I don’t intend to take a break, right now,” Machida said.
“I want to fight once or twice more this year. I really feel like fighting and I want to be a champion again. I don’t see the Bisping fight as a farewell. I’m not thinking about that, right now. I showed I’m doing well and I want to climb the ranks so I can secure another title shot. I don’t think about changing weight classes (since Bisping stated he would he moving back to the light heavyweight division) at the moment. I believe it’s a fight many people want to see, so we can make some adjustments so it can better suit both athletes.”
Machida is giving credit for his win over Belfort and Eryk Anders at UFC Belem, to making changes to his training routine. “I’m always trying to perfect my skills and this time it wasn’t different. I spent some of my camp in Belem, alongside my father and brothers, and the other part in Los Angeles, with my coaches and the support of my family,” Machida told Bloody Elbow.
“I’ve been changing some aspects of my training program in the last six months. I have less body fat and I have better athletic performance. I really took care of my physical and mental health, so I could perform well in my last two outings and the results came as we planned. I’m showing that you’re able to overcome some challenges just with focus, dedication and the right tools.”
Original Story: Bloody Elbow