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The last few years have not been kind to Lyoto Machida. The 44-year-old former UFC champion has lost his last four fights, but that’s not necessarily so bad. He brought Gegard Mousasi and Phil Davis to split decisions, so it’s not like ‘The Dragon’ is getting crushed.
Recently, Machida became a free agent after battling his Bellator contract. At one point there were rumors that Machida was in talks with Karate Combat, but now it looks like Machida might be heading in a different and unexpected direction: back to the UFC? Typically, the promotion isn’t about paying for aging former champions, especially since the dawn of the “Contender Series.” However, Machida manager Jorge Guimaraes revealed there was interest in at least one game.
When I heard that “Shogun was having his last fight at UFC Rio, I immediately called (Hunter Campbell, UFC commercial director) to nominate Lyoto for a trilogy,” Guimaraes told Sherdog. “Hunter told me they were originally planning on someone like Tyson Pedro fighting Shogun, but he liked the idea and told me he was going to talk to Dana. [White] on this subject.
“I have no doubt that the Brazilian public would love this match. Two champions, two legends of the sport, one victory for each, making their rubber match on the night of their two retirement fights. Shogun is already a Hall of Famer, Lyoto the also deserves.
If true, this correspondence would make a lot of sense. Machida and Rua are beloved former champions, especially in Brazil, and the two are technically even one win apiece (a decade of controversy aside). It would be a great and fitting retirement fight for either man, but if Machida doesn’t want to hang up the gloves just yet, maybe a one-off deal could be done.
The Bo Nickal hype train doesn’t just roll, it roars!
I have a strong feeling that Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will be chewing on each other from their porch chairs in 40 years.
Credit to Arman Tsarukyan, he is indeed a badass for taking the tough, unsexy matches when he might call Tony Ferguson or some nonsense like that.
As usual, the top 10 fighters don’t want to fight me and I won’t sit and wait for any of these guys. Unlike everyone else, I accept any fight they give me. I don’t take easy fights and will continue to fight the toughest guys in the division. https://t.co/lhSoVyI2xj
— Arman Tsarukyan UFC (@ArmanUfc) September 29, 2022
Size difference aside, it’s cool to see high-level champions working together.
Gregory Rodrigues is healing very well after having his third eye opened less than two weeks ago.
Anthony Johnson may not regret his 170 pounds. days, but I would hazard a guess that several of his opponents from that period do.
Slips, tears and KO clips
This man really started the beef, then ended up on the treadmill – brutal.
“One Punch” Brad Pickett is an underrated bantamweight trailblazer, and the man has always come to fight. How many people remember he beat “Mighty Mouse?”
It doesn’t get much cleaner.
Slightly different from milking a cow.
Midnight music: RIP Coolio.
Sleep well fools! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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