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Lyoto Machida Not Giving Up His UFC 175 Title Fight For Belfort

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida isn’t about to step aside and give Vitor Belfort back the title shot he lost earlier this year. Machida will meet Chris Weidman at UFC 175 for the middleweight championship.

Belfort was originally scheduled to face Weidman, but when the UFC banned the use of TRT, he was forced out. “The Phenom” recently stated that he has passed in-home drug tests, but there has been no movement towards him gaining his fight license to compete.

“I think his statement doesn’t many any sense,” said Machida, in a recent interview with Tatame. “I think Vitor has to wait a little longer. He for sure had that fight of fighting, but he couldn’t do it.

“He has to wait my fight against Weidman, and after that, he will have his shot.”

Machida is just two fights into his middleweight career, but has already defeated both Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi. He is a former light heavyweight champion.

Weidman continues to recover from knee surgery, though he has stated he plans to be fully ready to fight in July.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t blame him, he knows what happens when he gives up a title shot even if its for a legit reason, he won’t make that mistake again

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah I don’t blame him for waiting either, but in Lyoto’s case it’s not like he was that deserving of another title shot… it was just Dana spewing crap to promote fights that hyped Lyoto up for a title shot that hasn’t materialized.

    Since being KO’d by Shogun to lose his belt, Machida has posted a 5-3 record. He sent Randy into retirement, he split a couple of craptastic fights against Rampage & Hendo, and put on impressive performances against mid tier guys in Bader and Munoz. Most recently he outclassed Mousasi, who is a hell of a fighter in his own right but was coming off nearly a year long layoff & major knee surgery.

    Anyway, I don’t blame Lyoto for waiting but he’s at an age where he just won’t be able to beat the top guys anymore.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I think Lyoto can beat anybody at MW on any given night. He is very fast as proved in his last two fights and the takedown defense will be a huge advantage for him. Against Silva Weidman knew he could be taken down, against Machida that is not the case. I am however hoping Lyoto loses so I can finally see Machida vs Bisping, I think that would be a very interesting fight.


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