In a shocking turn of events, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida tested the free agency market under the radar and now finds himself on the Bellator roster among some familiar faces.
The Lyoto Machida era has been rejuvenated due to joining mixed martial art’s senior league at the ripe age of 40. The former UFC light heavyweight champion could be in action as soon as this fall according to Scott Coker. Machida is sitting pretty at the moment after knocking out Vitor Belfort via retirement front kick at UFC 224. Now the “Dragon” has arrived to the B promotion to serve some more retirement front kicks to a roster that doesn’t know when to call it quits.
Olá pessoal, estou aqui para anunciar uma grande mudança na minha carreira profissional. Meu contrato com UFC encerrou e eu estou indo para uma nova casa: para o Bellator, que é um grande evento do MMA e que tem crescido muito aqui nos Estados Unidos. Sou muito grato por tudo o que aconteceu comigo no UFC, sou muito feliz por tudo que eu vivi ali. Eu acredito que tudo na nossa vida são ciclos. Tudo que vem é muito legal e tudo o que vai também é legal. Temos que estar abertos a novas mudanças, novos desafios. E essa é minha mentalidade! Um grande abraço a todos vocês, quero que vocês continuem me acompanhando, porque sempre que eu participo das lutas, sempre que eu estou em treinamento eu estou dando sempre o meu melhor e é para vocês Hello everyone, I'm here to announce a great change in my career. My contract with UFC has finished, and I'm going to a new house: Bellator, which is a great MMA event that has been growing a lot here in the United States. I'm very grateful for everything that happened with me in the UFC. I'm very happy with everything I lived. I believe that everything in our lives is made of periods. All that comes is great and all that goes is also great. We have to be open to new changes, new challenges. This is how I think. My best regards to all of you, and I wish you keep on supporting me, because everytime I fight and everytime I practice, I do my best for all of you. @bellatormma #bellatormma
It doesn’t hurt that Machida holds victories over Bellator’s current middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and current Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader. Machida could follow the trend of multiple weight class title aspirations or perhaps he and his brother Chinzo Machida can take on Patricio and Patricky Freire in a tag team match billed as the Pitbulls vs. the Dragons.
Machida enters Bellator with quite the history with names such as “Rampage” Jackson, Stephan Bonnar, Tito Ortiz, and Phil Davis. Machida is probably the most sought out opponent given his high profile status and the fact that if there was ever a time to defeat the “Dragon,” it’s now.
Scott Coker should probably send Michael Bisping a gift basket for ignoring Machida’s call out following his win over Belfort. Sadly, Bisping managed to officially retire without having to eat Machida’s left foot in the middle of the octagon.