Lyoto Machida made the switch to middleweight last month and the former UFC light heavyweight champion had a memorable performance. He knocked out Mark Munoz in the first round with a head kick. Shedding the extra 20 pounds was no problem for Machida.
“I did not have to dehydrate and this is a positive factor,” said Machida to TATAME. “I managed to lose the amount of weight they wanted in a healthy way. I felt faster, felt that opponents are smaller. Now, I am fighting with guys my size.”
“The Dragon” was open to competing in both weight classes. He returns as middleweight next year against Gegard Mousasi.
Since Machida lost his light heavyweight title, he’s struggled to gain the momentuim he had before being champion.
Mousasi is a former DREAM and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. He got a decision over Ilir Latifi in his only UFC outing.
They’re set for UFC Fight Night 34 on February 8. It comes from Brazil’s Arena Jaragua.