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Lyoto Machida: "I would like to fight for the belt by the end of this year"

Loyoto Machida is undefeated. He has beaten the likes of BJ Penn, Rich Franklin, Stephan Bonnar and now Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou yet he is still a relative unknown. Machida recently sat down with Percy Crawford of to discuss his MMA status and his future in the sport. Here are some of the highlights from that conversation:

Machida On His Latest Victory Over Rameau Thierry Soloudjou:

I was very happy with my performance. My goal was to finish this fight. It doesn’t matter if I’m the favorite or not. All that stuff goes right out the window once you close the Octagon door. I was prepared to go wherever the fight went. I felt that I was better standing and on the ground. It was a very big win. I hope people start to recognize that I’m here to stay and I would like to fight for the belt by the end of this year.

Machida On Fighting Chuck Liddell And John Hackleman’s glowing assessment of Machida’s Skills:

I respect Chuck as a fighter, and as a person, for what he has done for the sport I also respect John Hackleman as a coach. I’m honored he feels that way and if the opportunity ever came up to fight Chuck, it would be an honor tho fight such a legend in the sport of MMA.

Machida On His Interest In Fighting Tito Ortiz:

Tito is a legend in the sport. I would love to test my skills against his.

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