Lyoto Machida successfully made his middleweight debut when he knocked out Mark Munoz in the first round of their fight at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England at the Phones4u Arena. The win automatically made him a player in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) middleweight division.
When that happens, a lot of fighters come out of the woodwork to try and angle for fight as they want to steal a little of that shine. Gegard Mousasi is one of those men. Immediately after Machida landed his head kick, Mousasi hit Twitterto call out the former-UFC Light Heavyweight champ.
Mousasi has been on the sidelines since successfully making his UFC debut with a win over Ilir Latifi in April. The former-DREAM middleweight champion announced last week that he was going to be moving back down in weight after a successful run at light heavyweight.
Unfortunately for Mousasi, he's probably not going to get the call as UFC President Dana White wants to book a fight between Machida and Vitor Belfort. And quite honestly, it's a better fight as far as the middleweight division goes. White said at
I think, and I'm just talking here as a fan, not as a promoter, 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. And who knows, (Machida) could fight someone else before that. But I'm just saying, as a fan, and speaking for many fans, that's the fight they want to see. At least that's what everyone was screaming at me on the way out of the arena tonight."
It's a bit early to book a fight with Belfort as he's currently scheduled to face Dan Henderson in Brazil next month (Nov. 9, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 32, but at least Dana is thinking towards the future. Vitor Belfort is in a weird situation in the middleweight division. He's on an impressive winning streak but for whatever reason doesn't find himself in the title picture.
A bout with Machida means that Belfort can without question say he's the number one contender. And people would have to listen. Because wins over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and Machida mean that without doubt that he's the guy to beat in the division.