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Old 02-21-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- It was a lean and trim Lyoto Machida who met with reporters on Wednesday afternoon after his UFC 157 open workout at the UFC Gym here in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion clearly is going to have little trouble making weight Friday for his bout with veteran Dan Henderson. But Machida showed up so fit, one can only wonder: Can he make it down to 185 pounds?

Machida indicated that's a question he's been pondering himself.

"Yeah, if I have a chance, I'd like to fight at 185 pounds," Machida said. "Maybe I can fight in both classes, you know? Everybody saw when I drank water before [stepping on] the scale last time. I showed everyone I can, that I can drop down."

Of course, there's a big obstacle awaiting Machida if he was to drop to middleweight: One of his best friends in the business is his Black House campmate, champion Anderson Silva.

"The champion is my friend," Machida said. "He's Anderson Silva. He will continue his career here. He's number one pound-for-pound in the world."

But that doesn't mean Machida can't take fights at 185 pounds for the sake of taking interesting fights. When asked if there was anyone he'd like to fight at middleweight, Machida demurred.

"UFC can choose [an opponent] for me," Machida said. "Anderson has his deal and I have my deal."

In the meantime, Machida still is very much in the mix at light heavyweight. While Machida and Dan Henderson are generally regarded as the top two contenders for Jon Jones' title, there has been no promise of a title shot for the winner. Machida, who was previously promised a title shot after defeating Ryan Bader on Aug. 4, then turned down an offer to fight Jones on three weeks' notice in September, isn't letting title talk get in the way of Saturday's fight.

"I think who wins, me or Dan henderson, deserves the title shot," Machida said. "But, anything can happen inside the UFC. I don't think about that, I'm just focusing on my fight right now."
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How do you think he would do?

Honestly, I think he would be very successful. I can't think of anyone I would favour over him aside from Anderson, whom he would never fight. He has the TDD and scrambling prowess to shut down any of the wrestlers that he would come across, and he would have a striking advantage over everybody. Could he one day be Anderson's successor? Keep in mind that he is already 34 years old, and there is no telling when Anderson will hang em up/be defeated.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:06 AM   #2
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It would be a breath of fresh air !

I wonder how Machida VS Mousasi would look like ?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:07 AM   #3
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There are still some interesting fights for him at 205, but I would love to see him in there against some of the best at MW.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:09 AM   #4
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Bones at 205
Anderson at 185

Damned if ye dont, damned if ye do
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:54 AM   #5
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Not surprised. Looking at Lyoto's build iv always thought he could make 85.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:38 AM   #6
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why is it obvious he would never fight Silva?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:25 PM   #7
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why is it obvious he would never fight Silva?
Because they are best friends and have said so many times in the past.
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Because they are best friends and have said so many times in the past.
oh alright.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:10 PM   #9
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Machida would be a real good addition to the MW division
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:51 AM   #10
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Another L for Vitor then

I would be extremely pissed off if Lyoto fights Wiedman before Anderson did
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:20 AM   #11
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Why the **** would Machida move down to 185 when he would never fight the champion!? Makes no damn sense... Is he that afraid of Bones Jones??
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Why the **** would Machida move down to 185 when he would never fight the champion!? Makes no damn sense... Is he that afraid of Bones Jones??
He said he would fight in both classes. Don't think he is scared of Jones. He will most likely be fighting Jones after the Chael thing happens.

Machida could very well be MW champ when Silva retires.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:36 AM   #13
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I don't think he has a spare 20 lbs on him, he looks lean as it is
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:38 AM   #14
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I don't think he has a spare 20 lbs on him, he looks lean as it is
He came in at 202 yesterday, so I don't think he cuts at all. He can do it. If he can do it without his cardio/performance suffering is yet to be seen, but I'm pretty certain he can make it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:05 AM   #15
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I'm almost positive he can make it.

Machida/Cung Le?
Machida/Belcher?
Machida/Belfort?
Machida/Rockhold?
Machida/Lombard?
Machida/Larkin?



We do need a Machida/Rua III before either one calls a quits, though.
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