Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida made a statement Saturday in his middleweight debut, finishing off Mark Munoz in the first round at UFC Fight Night 30.
Machida, who has been on the wrong end of a couple of split decision verdicts, is already looking to another challenge in front of him – the man he replaced, Michael Bisping.
“Bisping is a great fight for me next,” said Machida, on the post-fight show. “If he accepted it, that’d be great.”
Machida summed up the finish by simply stating, “I listened to my coach. He said, ‘Try to kick his head right now,” and I did.
“I trained more for this fight. I’m a professional. I have to do my job.”
The Brazilian didn’t want to move down to 185 pounds because of his close friendship with then-champion Anderson Silva. Once Silva lost the belt, “The Dragon” saw an opening and is now on the quest to become a two-division UFC champion.
“I want to be champion,” he said. “I want the belt. I have to chase the belt.”