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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 224 Bonuses: Gastelum, ‘Jacare,’ Machida, Oleynik Pocket $50K Awards

On an evening filled with finishes, Kelvin Gastelum, Ronaldo Souza, Lyoto Machida and Alexey Oleynik went home with $ 50,000 bonus checks for their work at UFC 224.
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UFC 224 Bonuses: Gastelum, ‘Jacare,’ Machida, Oleynik Pocket $50K Awards

On an evening filled with finishes, Kelvin Gastelum, Ronaldo Souza, Lyoto Machida and Alexey Oleynik went home with $ 50,000 bonus checks for their work at UFC 224.
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UFC 224 Bonuses: Gastelum, ‘Jacare,’ Machida, Oleynik Pocket $50K Awards

On an evening filled with finishes, Kelvin Gastelum, Ronaldo Souza, Lyoto Machida and Alexey Oleynik went home with $ 50,000 bonus checks for their work at UFC 224.
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Machida Has Belfort’s Old Coach In His Corner For UFC 224

Vinicio Anthony should be able to help Machida prepare for Belfort considering he used to train Vitor.

There’s something about Brazilian vs. Brazilian matches that turn a lot of Brazilian UFC fighters off. Maybe they really believe in that whole national brotherhood stuff … or maybe it has something to do with everyone being connected to everyone via very few degrees of separation.

For example, Lyoto Machida is fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 224 in Rio, and it just so happens that Lyoto’s coach Vinicio Anthony was once Vitor’s coach. That’s definitely going to be an advantage for Machida.

”He has already trained Belfort, but I think that every fight is unique,” Machida explained to MMA Fighting. “Every training process is a process. That gives me an advantage in a technical aspect, of course, but a fight is way more than the technical part. A fight involves the emotion, the strategy of combat. There are many factors connected to a fight. The fact that he has known Vitor in the past is only one of them.”

But just to make it clear, this isn’t some crazy coach grudge match and Machida isn’t being devious about it. Anthony coached Machida to his win over Eryk Anders at UFC Belem, so Lyoto is going to stick with him. No disrespect intended!

”I have a good relationship with (Vitor), we’ve trained together in the past, but we’re professionals and want to do our best for the fans,” Lyoto said. “This is a fight that could have happened in the past, but hasn’t. I have a lot of respect not only for the fighter, but the man Vitor Belfort. I think he has done a lot for the sport, and we all have to respect him. I mean, what’s in the past is in the past. Moments like those are part of any athlete’s career.”

The fight will mark the end of Belfort’s career, but Machida has no plans on stopping just yet. In fact, he still has his eye on a UFC belt.

”I feel well, I don’t think about stopping now,” he said. “I always say I still have a lot of wood to burn. I’m happy with my return and motivated for the next challenges. My goal is to put on a good fight and climb the ranking to earn another shot at the title again. I know that I still have fights to fight before I get there, but my focus is one challenge at a time.”

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