It appears Lyoto Machida finally found an opponent, and it’s going to be in the middleweight division. According to UFC president Dana White, Machida will be taking on Tim Kennedy for their Fight For The Troops 3 event, which takes place in Campbell, Kentucky.
This is huge news for both fighters, as the winner positions themselves to challenge for the title which is currently being held by Chris Weidman, who was able to knock out Anderson Silva in devastating fashion. Kennedy has always been an entertaining middleweight under the Strikeforce banner.
Transitioning over to the UFC, Kennedy was also able to have success. In his UFC debut, he was able to defeat Roger Gracie, one of the best grapplers in the world, by way of unanimous decision. If he can defeat Machida in decisive fashion, he instantly becomes a middleweight title contender.
Machida had been campaigning to fight Chael Sonnen after he saw him get a dominant victory over Shogun Rua, but Chael had other plans and wanted to face Wanderlei Silva. Then, it looked like Machida was going to face Vitor Belfort, but the bout never came to fruition, as Belfort is set to meet Dan Henderson in what should be a compelling rematch.
After all of that, Machida finally faces Kennedy, which will be a good test for him in the middleweight division. It will be interesting to see if Machida can retain his power and elusiveness in this smaller weight class, and Kennedy will certainly challenge him in all areas of MMA.