It’s not uncommon for fighters to move up or down a weight class in their career, especially former champions.
So when I learned that former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida had dropped down to middleweight to face Mark Muñoz , who was originally scheduled to face Michael Bisping, Oct. 26, I was more surprised that he would be changing divisions on short notice.
Still, if Machida defeats “The Filipino Wrecking Machine,” he could become a force in the 185 weight class and could find himself fighting for the championship in the future.
With the fight scheduled in less than 30 days, Machida may have a harder time making that drastic weight cut if he hasn’t been preparing for it since it was announced that he would be dropping down to middleweight, back in August.
On paper, I would give Machida the edge in striking, grappling and overall experience, but as the saying goes, “anything can happen in MMA” and the Fillipino Wrecking Machine could pull off the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career.
As for Machida, a win over Muñoz would put him in the top 5 rankings and give him an opportunity to fight a top ranked opponent. He has the skill set and the experience to become one of the division’s top stars, despite being 35.
Personally I would like to see him face Bisping, Ronaldo Souza or Vitor Belfort. If Anderson Silva defeats Chris Weidman to win back the middleweight title, I do not see Machida challenging “The Spider” for the title since they are training partners.
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