Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has his mind set on joining an elite list of fighters at UFC 175 – and not exacting revenge for close friend Anderson Silva.
Machida will meet middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman in July for the belt, and would become a two-division UFC champion with a win.
During a kickoff press conference in Las Vegas for the card last week, “The Dragon” was asked about getting revenge for Silva after he lost twice to Weidman; the second of which saw “The Spider” suffer a broken leg.
“Everyone has their own career and this is my chance at the belt,” Machida said. “There is no sense of revenge.”
Machida (21-4) decided to drop down to middleweight after Silva lost his belt to Weidman the first time and he was defeated by Phil Davis. He earned a pair of wins in his new weight class over Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi since and is 5-2 in his last seven overall.
Weidman (11-0) became the first fighter to defeat Silva inside the Octagon when he earned a second round knockout victory over him in 2013. He followed that up with the TKO win in December and is 7-0 with the promotion, including five finishes.