Lyoto Machida is having a hard time keeping up with all the young wolves of the UFC middleweight division, so it should be no surprise that he’d like his next fight to be against someone a bit closer to his age. The 40 year old Brazilian just eked out a controversial split decision to 30 year old up and comer Eryk Anders at UFC Belem, and following the decision, he called out Michael Bisping.
”Michael Bisping! I’m here for you, man!” Machida yelled during his in-cage victory interview.
Machida explained the callout more at the post-event press conference.
”That fight was supposed to have happened a few years ago. We matured together, we are contemporaries, a fight between us would be important for the UFC, and cool for us to see what the outcome would be like. We came together in the sport, soon he retires, I retire, and the fight does not happen. I have a lot of respect for him as an athlete. My desire to fight him is just a desire to establish that victory.”
It sounds like the kind of fight Michael Bisping might be interested in, but Bisping may not end up fighting again at all. If not, Machida isn’t against fighting fellow almost-retired Brazilian Vitor Belfort.
”Look, I would prefer to fight with those who were not from my country,” he said. “It is my preference, but as a professional I cannot say no. If I had a choice, I would choose a gringo, an outsider ... but Vitor is a co-worker, a professional. I do not know if it would come together, but I see it from the professional side.”