Aug 3, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Lyoto Machida (blue shorts) before his fight against Phil Davis during UFC 163 at HSBC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Lyoto Machida wanted fight with Vitor Belfort, not Tim Kennedy

Former UFC lightweight champion Lyoto Machida is ready to make a change in his career and make the move down a weight class. For Machida, he is ready to take things step-by-step in his move to middleweight and see how things play out.

Machida understands that he is not quite sure how his body will respond to the weight cut, but he was still hoping to take on some of the best in the division. Ultimately, Machida got booked against former Strikeforce title contender Tim Kennedy and he’s ready for the challenger.

“Tim Kennedy is a tough guy, but I wanted to fight (Vitor) Belfort or Chael Sonnen next,” he said, via MMA Fighting. “But sometimes you can’t choose. The UFC asked me to take this fight, and I’m in.”

Machida has always been one of the smaller light heavyweights that doesn’t appear to cut much weight, so the weight cut to 185 pounds should not be overly difficult.

If he can keep his speed at middleweight, he could immediately become a contender for the title with a dominant performance.

Tags: Lyoto Machida Tim Kennedy Vitor Belfort

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