For more than six years, Lyoto Machida has been a staple amongst the light
heavyweight elite and a fixture on top 10 lists. However, MMA is a
world where the new and novel springs forth from sudden
circumstance. In this case, an injury to the eye of Michael Bisping opened the door for Machida to make his
long-discussed middleweight debut. What a debut it was.
Machida was spectacular as a substitute for Bisping in the
UFC Fight Night 30 headliner against Mark Munoz. The former UFC light heavyweight champ
needed a little more than three minutes to go upside Munoz's head
with a left roundhouse kick and announce his arrival at 185 pounds
in highlight-reel fashion.
The year 2013 is now one where Machida is an elite middleweight,
where Chael Sonnen passes muster as a standout light
heavyweight and where Gabriel Gonzaga has clawed his way back into heavyweight
top 10 lists. It is a year where Bellator MMA's first attempted
pay-per-view retreats to cable TV after losing its headliner, yet
still boasts three fights with considerable top-10
The month of November boasts four cards each from the UFC and
Bellator, with a total of seven promotional titles on the line
between them. The vast majority of the cards are free, too, so the
sport's lineup in the 11th month is also cheaper than light
therapy. Bundle up, fight fans.