Lyoto Machida is days away from a huge light heavyweight contest with Dan Henderson and it could be the final time “The Dragon” fights in that weight class. Machida is open to the idea of dropping the 20 pounds to become a middleweight.
“If I have a chance I’d like to fight at 185 pounds,” said Machida to MMA Fighting. “Maybe I can fight in both classes? Everybody saw when I drank water before [stepping on] the scale last time. I showed everyone that I can drop down.”
As for a potential middleweight opponent, Machida was open to whomever the UFC would offer.
With 15 wins, Machida won the light heavyweight championship going undefeated at the same time. That wouldn’t last and he’s now dropped three of his last six. The three defeats have come from former UFC champions.
After an unsuccessful attempt to regain his title, Machida was promised a title shot after finishing Ryan Bader over the summer. The UFC has since taken back the title shot. Henderson returns after 15 months on the sides, partially due to a knee injury.
The co-main event of UFC 157 has Machida vs. Henderson this weekend, February 23. It comes from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.