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Brazilians Souza, Machida Willing To Duke It Out Inside Octagon

Brazilians Souza, Machida Willing To Duke It Out Inside Octagon

Given the choice, both Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Lyoto Machida would much rather compete for the UFC middleweight title than square off with one another.

However, if the UFC asked, neither fighter would take issue with the bout.

Both Souza and Machida scored victories Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil. Souza, a former Strikeforce champion, downed Francis Carmont, while Machida – an ex-UFC champ – defeated Gegard Mousasi.

“This fight can happen, yes,” said Souza, during the post-fight press conference (thanks to Guilherme Cruz for the quotes). “I wouldn’t like this fight, but I’d take it.”

Machida echoed those sentiments, saying, “Like ‘Jacare’ said, I wouldn’t like this fight, but I’d take it.”

UFC president Dana White previously stated that Machida could be in line to become the new No. 1 contender with a win over Mousasi, but “The Dragon” did mention a possible broken foot suffered in his five-round war.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    My friend said he thought something was off in the 3rd rd I think, he said that Machida kicked Gegard, and Gegard smiled at him just as Machida pulled his foot back and shook it. But then he waved it off cuz Machida was doing his normal bouncing back and forth stuff and still throwing kicks all night.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I thought I saw that too but also brushed it off watching Machida dancing all over the place. Dude looks great at 185lbs

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Far from a thrilling fight but interesting to watch. Really looks like machida has it made at 185.
    mousasi’s passive aggressive style doesnt work well against a counter fighter, he needs someone to get in his face and make him fight. Machida was almost perfect in that fight.
    its so rare we get to see a true number 1 contender fight these days, machida jacare would be perfect


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