When former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida decided to drop to 185lbs, many wondered how it would work.
The Middleweight division was dominated by his team mate Anderson Silva, who was fully expected to regain his belt back after slipping up against Chris Weidmann.
After 'The Dragon's' first win at Middleweight, he was adamant the pair would not meet inside the Octagon, comparing each other to brothers at a UFC Q&A session.
However it seems six months later the tides have well and truly turned. Whereas Anderson Silva has once said he would quit fighting before fighting Machida, or other team mate Ronaldo Souza, he has changed his tune.
Last month 'The Spider' said that neither Machida or former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Souza were his team mates from 'Team Nogueria.' He then went on to say "In every interview they gave, they said they would fight me, so I can’t be any different."
These comments seem to have swayed Lyoto Machida's opinion on the matter. As Machida is preparing himself to fight Chris Weidmann at UFC 175 for the 185lbs title, the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion said:
"It's good for the sport. This is a fight that I would like to avoid because I know Anderson very well but, as a professional, we can't think like that."
"We have to think that this is a fight that can happen, he can be a future opponent and this is something that we will have to settle in the octagon only."
Whereas many people thought that a fight between the two would be inevitable to 185lbs, due to the pair being highly ranked in the division, it seems a fight could come sooner rather than later.
A fight between Silva and Machida would be stylistically one of the best ever match ups in the UFC. The former Pound-for-Pound king Silva is well known for his pinpoint Muay-Thai that leaves opponents clueless most of the time. Machida is quite similar to Silva, however he has a karate style. He strikes from unorthodox angles and has the ability to get in and out.
The pair are ranked #1 and #2 by the UFC so it highlights how a fight between them is likely if they want to be UFC Champions again.
Despite losing his title to Chris Weidmann and breaking his leg, Anderson is still regarded one of the best in MMA. He's won every bout in the UFC, rattling up a 16 fight win streak before losing at UFC 162. However with his return looming, he will be aiming to get his title back.
Machida is currently 2-0 at Middleweight since his drop from 205lbs. In his first fight he KO'd Mark Munoz via head kick then beat former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi by decision.
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