Having most recently defeated Mark Munoz via knockout in the first round at his UFC middleweight debut, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has already been assigned his next target.
Machida reluctantly accepted the fight against his friend and training partner with less than a month’s notice after Michael Bisping dropped out of the bout due to a serious eye injury. Prior to the bout, the two had spent extensive time training with one another. Both fighters admitted it was awkward to fight each other due to their close friendship, but in the end, they fulfilled their obligations.
When the dust settled, Lyoto Machida emerged as the victor.
For his next fight, The twenty-eight year old Brazilian karate fighter has been scheduled to face off against Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi.
Although Mousasi is relatively new to the UFC, having only one fight against Ilir Latifi, which he won by unanimous decision, the Dutch light heavyweight has an extensive background in the sport. His overall record is 34-3-2, and he holds victories over notable MMA fighters such as: Denis Kang, Mark Hunt, Renato Sobral, and Gary Goodridge. He has finished eighteen of his fight by some sort of knockout, and eleven by submission. Mousasi is also a former Strikeforce and Dream Champion.
The fight will take place in Brazil, on February 8th, and will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 2.