Lyoto Machida Wants Vitor Belfort; Does It Make Sense For UFC?

By Jeremy Green
Lyoto Machida UFC
Jason Silva-USA Today Sports

One of the most exciting fighters in the middleweight division right now is Vitor Belfort. Belfort has been able to resurrect his career, and he has had some impressive finishes as of late inside the cage.

Two of his most prominent victories recently were over Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. A lot of fighters have called out Belfort since he’s been so successful. One of those fighters is Lyoto Machida.

Despite losing to Phil Davis in a controversial decision, Machida has a lot of options in terms of his next opponent. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Machida had the following to say about Belfort.

“I would like to fight with him. I would like to show my technique against his technique and have a great show in Brazil.”

This would be an excellent fight to put on for the Brazilian crowd, as both Belfort and Machida are fan favorites. In terms of relevancy, this fight makes a lot of sense, especially if it’s going to be booked at a middleweight. A win for Machida would be huge for him, as his latest performance wasn’t stellar against Davis.

For Belfort, it would give him the chance to get another huge win under his belt in hopes of challenging for the middleweight title, which will be defended by Chris Weidman against Anderson Silva. Belfort is one of the most powerful punchers in the UFC, and his kicking game has improved by leaps and bounds.

A Belfort vs. Machida bout would make for an exciting stand up war, and it could end violently in either direction.

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