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Old 10-29-2013, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Machida wants Belfort Next

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All too often, fans of mixed martial arts don't get to see the fights they want because of injuries or contract disputes or because fighters are training partners and don't want to face each other. And sometimes, fighters don't even want to face their own countrymen, for some strange reason that I haven't quite figured out. Anderson Silva, I'm looking at you.

But sometimes the stars align, which looks to be the case when it comes to Lyoto Machida and his next fight.

Machida knocked out friend and training partner Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 to make an emphatic middleweight debut. Afterwards, UFC president Dana White noted he'd like to see Machida face Vitor Belfort next:

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I think a lot of people want to see him and Vitor Belfort. That would be a fun fight. Vitor's got to win down in Brazil.
White was referring, of course, to Belfort's upcoming fight with Dan Henderson. That's no gimme, but Belfort is a 2-to-1 favorite for a reason. He should win the fight, and if he does, a matchup with Machida is only logical, especially when you consider that the winner would be nicely set up for a middleweight title shot.

The good news? Machida says he's game:

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Vitor Belfort is the best option for me right now. 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.
Belfort is facing Henderson at 205 pounds, but it's just a one-off bout before Belfort continues his quest for another middleweight title shot after being famously knocked out by Anderson Silva in 2011. As Machida correctly points out, even if Belfort loses at light heavyweight—as he did last year when he took a late-notice bout against champion Jon Jones—it won't affect him in the eyes of the UFC when it comes to the middleweight division.

He'll be allowed to continue on his merry way. I, for one, hope that merry way leads him right to Machida's doorstep.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I'll just add this article from the other Machida thread about him facing Belfort or Moussasi next:

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Is the "Machida Era" back?

Lyoto Machida made a huge statement in his middleweight debut at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England, with a first-round knockout win over Mark Munoz. "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" didn’t land a single punch during the fight, and Machida was surprised how fast he finished his teammate.

"I expected a tough fight, maybe four or five rounds," Machida told MMAFighting.com. "I knew this fight could be over at any moment, but I expected it to be longer. I was ready for a long fight."

After he dropped Munoz with a head kick, Machida stopped going forward when he realized his friend was out, avoiding unnecessary punches. The fact that he was fighting a friend and training partner was a difficult part of his preparation.

"It was tough to deal with it when they offered me the fight, but after that I got mentally prepared to do my best in there," he said. "I have a huge respect for Mark Munoz and I had to do my best inside the Octagon to honor him as a friend. Win or lose, I had to do my best there."

Fighting friends isn’t new to "The Dragon", who had to fight his brother Chinzo Machida several times in karate tournaments in Brazil.

"I have fought my brother some times before," he said. "We got hurt some times, needed stitches, but it was normal after the fights. We always had a positive rivalry that pushed both of us to our best.

"I had do that secret move to win because he knew my game."

One of Machida’s biggest concerns coming into this fight was his weight cut, but it was easier than he expected.

"I was worried with my weight cut but I felt stronger and quicker at 185," he said. "I felt great. All the work was well executed so I could lose weight without any trouble. I had the cut 3.3 pounds on the day before the weight-ins, so I did a yoga class with Fabiano Gomes and lost it easily. I lost 3.3 in a yoga class."

"I was No. 1 in the light heavyweight division for a long time, fought for the title several times, but moving down to 185 was the best option for me right now. I’ve fought all the best at 205 so this is like a new career for me."

Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that a fight between Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort could happen next should "The Phenom" beat "Hendo" at UFC Fight Night 32 on Nov. 9 in Goiania, Brazil, and that’s the fight the former light heavyweight champion wants.

"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."
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Be very careful what you ask for. If Vitor doesn't shut down or get frustrated and goes on the onslaught he could get the KO. This is why I don't exactly want to see this fight. He's the one person that can stop Machida. Everyone else including Weidman will lose to Machida. When Machida gets pressed by a flurry of shots he actually panicks and gets stuck against the fence or tries to counter. I've seen this against Shogun I + II, against Rampage, and definitely against the LHW title holder. Heck even against Hendo. He does not do well with people who have very sturdy chins who are ultra aggressive. I'm not talking about Bader run in with ur chin up.

Fight wise would be fantastic though. I'd hate to see any of em lose, but I'd go with Vitor as the slight favorite therefore I'd rather see Machida vs Gegard or Bisping...lolz! I feel bad for Bisping. Everybody wants to challenge em because he's the path of least resistance with the highest reward.

I really hope Anderson takes the title back, vacates it and moves up and lets Lyoto take the 185 while we get the fight we've all wanted to see in Dallas or any other 50k stadium.
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If bum rush Belfort showed up he might be able to catch Machida the same way Shogun did. Otherwise I see Machida picking Belfort apart slowly with his better movement and conditioning.
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I'm all for it and all. It is a top tier fight. A good fight. And I like when people know who they want to fight.

But I don't understand why people call guys out who have fights. Hendo/Vitor fight in 2 weeks. Vitor has to win. And who is to say if he wins, that he won't be beat up and be out a couple months?

WAR HENDO. Vitor will wilt in that fight. Lucky it is in Brazil. So he has a shot with his roids.
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Be very careful what you ask for. If Vitor doesn't shut down or get frustrated and goes on the onslaught he could get the KO. When Machida gets pressed by a flurry of shots he actually panicks and gets stuck against the fence or tries to counter.
Machida is almost tailor made for Belfort's blitz. Belfort's striking (at least his punching) is extremely basic, lateral movement can keep you very safe against his head on charge of straight punches. Although i must admit, his late addition of good head kicks make it much more risky to do so... but historically that was always his weakness.

Machida only ever goes straight back... Which is gonna hurt.
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I'm all for it and all. It is a top tier fight. A good fight. And I like when people know who they want to fight.

But I don't understand why people call guys out who have fights. Hendo/Vitor fight in 2 weeks. Vitor has to win. And who is to say if he wins, that he won't be beat up and be out a couple months?

WAR HENDO. Vitor will wilt in that fight. Lucky it is in Brazil. So he has a shot with his roids.
LOL, right. TRT Vitor is going to wilt against old man, right hand Dan.
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No hance Vitor loses to Hendo and I lack faith in Vitor most of the time. Truth is Dan is old slow and predictable he is coming in swinging the big overhand and Vitor is coming fast hard and straight down the middle both guys plans are pretty predictable and I don't expect any surprises, Vitors punches land first till Dan breaks and goes out.


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While most of what is being said is true... one thing you cannot predict is Belforts mental state, i think Henderson is the sort of guy who can make him unravel again.
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LOL, right. TRT Vitor is going to wilt against old man, right hand Dan.
Like I said, whatever super roids he doesn't get checked for down there may give him a chance.

But you have to be kidding me if you think Belfort can't wilt in that fight. He has been hit with less and dropped. He has wilted in many big fights before.

KOing Bisping or Rockhold is a little different than doing that vs. Hendo.

Vitor is going night night. That is what Hendo does vs. guys who actually come to fight. If Vitor is aggressive like he usually is, he is going to sleep. But I bet he will turn into a point fighter since Dan is actually very dangerous, unlike Bisping or ROckhold.

Dan has put down far better chins than Belfort.

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No hance Vitor loses to Hendo and I lack faith in Vitor most of the time. Truth is Dan is old slow and predictable he is coming in swinging the big overhand and Vitor is coming fast hard and straight down the middle both guys plans are pretty predictable and I don't expect any surprises, Vitors punches land first till Dan breaks and goes out.
Haha. People are laughable. No chance huh? I'll be sure to remember this post. Love how people count Dan out every time. A couple of pt fighters win split decisions over him and he just sucks. Oh let me guess he only throws a right hand, wow that is some real insight.

NEWSFLASH: Dan has basically been a one-handed brawler for a while now. Actually standing that is all he has ever been. Yet he has knocked out many guys who were considered "better" strikers. Newsflash again. Flashy, technical striking doesn't mean much. It is about timing and accuracy. And Dan has both. It is a broken record. People including yourself probably said the exact same thing in the SHogun and Fedor fights.

Vitor has a history of wilting. Hendo does not. Hendo has a history of breaking fools. Hendo is physically and mentally tougher than Belfort. By a mile.
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