Lyoto Machida Looking to Challenge for Two Bellator Championships
By: Natalie Zamudio May 25, 2019
Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion
Machida carries lofty goals as he prepares to make his second
MMA entrance on June 14. The 40-year-old is scheduled to face
another mixed martial arts luminary in Chael Sonnen
Bellator 222 in New York. Taking place at the iconic Madison
Square Garden, Machida is moving up from middleweight to light
heavyweight to face his 42-year-old opponent.
In a recent interview with Danny Segura of
MMA Fighting, Machida admits that moving up from 185 pounds to
205 pounds was almost an inevitability. "As I said, I like to be
busy, and in order to be busy, I have no choice sometimes. So I
said to Bellator that I would like to fight even if it would be
205, I would like to accept any fight and Bellator came up with
Chael's name, and I said this is gonna be great, man, this is gonna
be outstanding, because especially here in New York, in Madison
Square Garden, it means a lot to me."
Machida, who debuted in Bellator with a win against middleweight
Carvalho, is pleased to face such a notable opponent as Sonnen.
"I consider Chael one of the guys that put this sport on another
level in terms of business, so I have a lot of respect [to] him,"
Already holding a UFC win over both Bellator middleweight and light
heavyweight champions, Machida understands that with a win over
Sonnen title shots are on the horizon. "That's the goal, man,
that's the goal, a champ against champion, so who knows," said the
fighter. "I already have a victory over both of those guys and you
never know what's gonna happen in the future, but I hope that makes
a lot of sense to fight Ryan Bader
and also to fight Gegard Mousassi. Just a matter of time."