During the UFC 163 pre-fight press conference, Lyoto Machida made a very interesting comment when he suggested that a move to middleweight could be in his future. He did not say it was something that was sure to happen, but it looks like he has been bouncing around the idea with his camp.
“I want to make this test and fight in this weight class. I am not a very large guy for light heavyweights, so I don’t find difficulty at all in fighting as middleweight,” Machida said. “I am waiting a better position from my managers and after this fight we are going to see what will happen.”
Machida at middleweight is an intriguing option that fans have been discussing for a while.
As “The Dragon” noted, it wouldn’t be difficult for him to cut down to 185 and there would be plenty of exciting match ups at a more natural weight class for the former light heavyweight champ.
Now that his friend is no longer the king in the division, he would be able to make a run and willing to fight for the belt.
Of course, if Weidman gets by Silva once again in the rematch then that could be enough to convince Machida to stick at 205-pounds. The comments may not have received much attention during the press conference, but this could be something worth watching.
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