Lyoto Machida is “Only Human”, Has Thought About Fighting Vadim Nemkov
By FCF Staff
Lyoto Machida is focused on his next assignment: defeating Phil Davis at Bellator 245. But, the former UFC champ admits he’s thought about facing Bellator’s new light heavyweight king, Vadim Nemkov.
Machida is booked to face Davis on September 11th, in what will be “The Dragon’s” fourth fight with the promotion. The winner will likely take a step forward to challenging Nemkov, who recently took the light heavyweight title from Ryan Bader.
Recently Machida spoke with MMA Junkie, and while discussing what could be on the line at Bellator 245, he said this.
“Now that I’m more experienced, now that I’m 42 years old, I like to take things one step at a time,” Machida said. “Each bout is a chance for me to show my work. And I fight every time as if it’s the last time. I give everything I have, and no one knows what tomorrow will bring. I’m very thankful for this opportunity to be fighting again and for my health.
“Of course, thoughts of facing Vadim Nemkov for the belt do cross my mind. But I try to only focus on Phil Davis. I’m only human. I think about the future and about the past, but I don’t want to be imprisoned by that. We don’t know what the future holds. I do remain fully motivated and committed to training every day of my life.”
Machida (26-9) hasn’t fought since last September, when he lost via split decision to Gegard Mousasi.
Davis (21-5) will be fighting for the first time since October, when he stopped Karl Albrektsson.