Former UFC light-heavyweight champio, Lyoto Machida recently made a successful drop to middleweight, knocking out Mark Munoz in the first round with a fantastic head kick. Upon winning in such devastating fashion, the future of Machida’s middleweight career became the talk of the proverbial MMA town.
In a recent interview with Sherdog, Machida spoke on what’s next for himself and what to expect from ‘The Dragon’:
“I felt good. I thought it was going to be more difficult, but it involved quiet, diet and dehydration. It all worked. I’ve been training well around the weight. I’m not that heavy, either, so I don’t feel it much.”
Machida also covered a potential fight with former middleweight champion and longtime friend, Anderson Silva:
“I don’t want this fight,” Machida said. “We’re close, and we have the same manager. He’s fighting for the belt, and I’m still far from it. It’s hard to talk about it now. I don’t know if we will cross paths one day. Let’s let things happen and decide what to do. You have to be prepared to face to situation. You have to talk about it.”
Machida spoke on his first middleweight bout for the UFC as well.
“Separating your profession from friendship is very difficult,” he said. “In Mark’s case, he thinks like me. We fought and went out to dinner afterwards, without any issues. We have the same goals, but only one of us can occupy that space at a time. We fought because we had an agreement: to fight and then congratulate whoever won. If one of us had not agreed to that, the fought would not have happened.