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Lyoto Machida Wants Gegard Mousasi Next After Bout With Rafael Carvalho

Fresh off his triumph at Bellator 206, middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi has called for a rematch against one of Bellator MMA’s newest acquisitions in Lyoto Machida.
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Lyoto Machida Enjoying Relationship With Bellator Leadership, Flattered by the Call-Outs

Lyoto Machida is enjoying life at Bellator MMA and has a good close working relationship with the executive team, something that he wishes he had with his former employer, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Here’s That Video Of Shogun Head-Bouncing Lyoto Machida

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Mauricio Rua, will make his mixed martial arts (MMA) return in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 134 main event, locked and loaded for this Sunday night (July 22, 2018) inside Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Yesterday, the promotion released his epic “Fight of the Night” against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to remind us a “Shogun” fight is worth waiting for (watch it). Today, UFC is back on YouTube to highlight the Brazilian’s devastating knockout power.

And of course it picked former 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida, who recently set sail for greener pastures in Bellator MMA.

Trying to put an end to Rua’s recently resurrected title aspirations is up-and-coming light heavyweight bruiser Anthony Smith, who replaced Volkan Oezdemir after “No Time” split to settle his stateside legal affairs earlier this month.

To see who else is fighting at this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 134 event click here.

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Report: Former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida Signs With Bellator

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has signed with Bellator MMA after fighting out his UFC contract at UFC 224 last month, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports.
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Lyoto Machida Is Going to Bellator

Last month, Lyoto Machida was knocking out Vitor Belfort in the Octagon. This month, he’s leaving the UFC for Bellator.

To put this move into perspective, consider this: Machida has been with the UFC since 2007.

The former UFC light-heavyweight king – known as “The Dragon” because of his really bad breath – will be taking his karate skills and questionable chin to the cage where most soon-to-be-retirees go. No opponents have been mentioned, but knowing Bellator boss Scott Coker, expect Machida to take on the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Dada 5000 and Ryan Couture.

As per ESPN:

Lyoto Machida has verbally agreed to an exclusive multi-fight contract with the promotion, sources told ESPN. “The Dragon” is expected to sign the deal in the very near future.

Machida, 40, leaves the UFC on a two-fight winning streak and a 24-8 record. He most recently knocked out Vitor Belfort via front kick at UFC 224 last month in Rio de Janiero, which was the last fight on his UFC contract.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Machida made his promotional debut at UFC 67 in Feb. 2007. He won his first eight fights in a row en route to becoming the 205-pound champion picking up notable wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, among many others. He is considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history.

Machida’s Bellator debut isn’t set just yet, but he is expected to fight again in 2018. He joins the likes of Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Gegard Mousasi, Frank Mir and Matt Mitrione, among others, who have recently left the UFC to sign with Bellator.

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Lyoto Machida Is Going to Bellator

Last month, Lyoto Machida was knocking out Vitor Belfort in the Octagon. This month, he’s leaving the UFC for Bellator.

To put this move into perspective, consider this: Machida has been with the UFC since 2007.

The former UFC light-heavyweight king – known as “The Dragon” because of his really bad breath – will be taking his karate skills and questionable chin to the cage where most soon-to-be-retirees go. No opponents have been mentioned, but knowing Bellator boss Scott Coker, expect Machida to take on the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Dada 5000 and Ryan Couture.

As per ESPN:

Lyoto Machida has verbally agreed to an exclusive multi-fight contract with the promotion, sources told ESPN. “The Dragon” is expected to sign the deal in the very near future.

Machida, 40, leaves the UFC on a two-fight winning streak and a 24-8 record. He most recently knocked out Vitor Belfort via front kick at UFC 224 last month in Rio de Janiero, which was the last fight on his UFC contract.

A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Machida made his promotional debut at UFC 67 in Feb. 2007. He won his first eight fights in a row en route to becoming the 205-pound champion picking up notable wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, among many others. He is considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history.

Machida’s Bellator debut isn’t set just yet, but he is expected to fight again in 2018. He joins the likes of Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Gegard Mousasi, Frank Mir and Matt Mitrione, among others, who have recently left the UFC to sign with Bellator.

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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Lyoto Machida Believes Bisping Fight Makes Sense: ‘He Might Retire Soon, I Could Retire Soon’

Moments after Lyoto Machida ended a three-bout skid with a hard-fought split verdict over Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 headliner, he set his sights on a high-profile opponent.
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Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders full fight video highlights – UFC Fight Night 125

Despite getting his face bloodied throughout 25 minutes of action last night (Sat., Feb. 3, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 125 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida captured a split-decision win over formerly undefeated middleweight contender Eryk Anders.

Machida would find some success early by dropping Anders with a sweeping leg kick. “The Dragon” was back to his usual tricks as he eluded danger on the Octagon warning track and controlled the action. That was until Anders landed a solid straight left in the second round that sent the former champion back into the cage.

Anders would add to his efforts by landing a nasty inside knee in Round 3. It left a cut on the bridge of Machida’s nose, which ultimately spilled blood into the eye and mouth of “The Dragon.” Still, Machida was able to mix in some timely counter shots whenever Anders pressed his offense. He was taken down by Anders a few times, but quickly returned to his feet where he was able to score points with precision punching and piercing body kicks.

It was a back-and-forth affair that had a few momentum changes, but it was Machida who did enough through the course of five rounds to walk away with the split-decision win.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Machida gets back into the win column after dropping his last three Octagon appearances. Machida called out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping after the victory and may end up getting his wish. It would be a nice retirement matchup for “The Count,” and another chance for Machida to prove he’s still a contender at 185 pounds.

For complete UFC Fight Night 125 results and coverage click here.

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