Report: Lyoto Machida Hoping for October Bout, Says He’s “Going After the Title Again”
By FCF Staff
It’s been almost a month now since Lyoto Machida’s memorable loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 175, and the middleweight contender is mapping out when and who he wants to fight next.
Machida, who dropped a unanimous decision to the champion Weidman on July 5th, recently told MMA Fighting.com that he’s hoping to fight in October. The renowned fighter also had this to say about the defeat, and his plans for the future:
“It was a close fight, we both had our chances. Weidman did his strategy and won. I have a good chance at defeating Weidman, and I’m going after the title again. I think that, should I have started (pressing him) earlier, maybe in the second round, the results could have been different.”
While discussing potential opponents–with contenders not currently booked for fights–the 36 year-old noted that a bout with Luke Rockhold would make for an “exciting” match-up.
Machida (21-5) earned a title shot at 185 by knocking out Mark Munoz and decisioning Gegard Mousasi in 2013.