Lyoto Machida proved he is still one of the best in the world at UFC Fight Night 30, knocking out Mark Munoz in a dominant middleweight debut. Now it seems that “The Dragon” wants to shoot straight for the top of the division, asking for a bout with #2 ranked Vitor Belfort.
“Vitor Belfort is the best option for me right now,” Machida told MMAFighting.com. “I want to fight him. It would be the best fight for me right now because he’s well ranked in the middleweight division. No hard feelings, I’m thinking what’s best for my career and where I can get with a win. Even if Vitor loses to Dan Henderson, I’d want to fight him in our weight class.”
Machida believes that a win over Belfort will put him in line for a title shot against the winner of Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman.
“A win over Vitor Belfort puts me in front of everybody in the rankings, but let’s see what happens,” he said. “It’s too soon to talk about it because Anderson Silva is too far away from me right now. Even if he wins, I don’t know for how long he will want to keep fighting. I haven’t talked to him for a long time. I don’t know how it’s going to work, we have the same managers. I rather not to talk about it now. When we get there, we’ll figure it out.”