UFC Fight Night 30 kicked off last night, which showcased a middleweight bout between Mark Munoz and Lyoto Machida. Both fighters were tentative early, but Machida would go on to land a brutal head kick, finishing Munoz in the first round. It was a sterling performance from Machida, one that certainly gets him one step closer to a title shot. Machida is the former light heavyweight champ, and he’s hoping to become a two-time UFC champ with another victory at middleweight.
Machida can’t fight for the belt just yet, as Chris Weidman is currently set to defend the belt against Anderson Silva. So, who does that leave for Machida? There are two potential opponents that come to mind quick. The first one is Vitor Belfort. Belfort has revitalized his career as of late in the middleweight division. This was clear in his bouts with Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. Both Belfort and Machida are two elite strikers, so it would be a fun one for the fans.
Another opponent that comes to mind is Ronaldo Souza. Souza is one of the best grapplers in all of MMA, and his striking has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. Souza would certainly test Machida on the ground, and it would be an exciting fight in which two Brazilians would go to war in hopes of getting a title shot. Machida proved last night against Munoz that he is a threat against any fighter who decides to stand with him, and it’s going to be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up against next.